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November 25, 2011 - abcnews.go.com
Saving Lives with Vitamin A

Last March, Dr. Besser, ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Correspondent traveled to Burkina Faso in West Africa to see how vitamin A-rich sweetpotatoes are preventing malnutrition.

HKI's Shawn Baker, VP and Regional Director of Africa, travelled with him and explains the importatnce of orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes:

"It’s [vitamin a deficiency] a huge cause of children’s death because it doesn’t just weaken your vision–it weakens your entire immune system. If you can correct that deficiency you can reduce the death rate of kids by about 23% which is huge–it’s the biggest intervention in public health that you can imagine.”

On Thanksgiving, November 24, 2011, ABC World News featured his trip.

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