Vitamin A Supplementation
- Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness in developing countries.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year, up to 500,000 children go blind as a result of this condition. Half of them die within twelve months of going blind.
- Twice-yearly supplements of vitamin A can prevent blindness in children and save their lives; last year, HKI reached 50 million children aged 6 to 59 months with vitamin A supplementation.
- Vitamin A supplementation is considered to be the most cost-effective, high-priority public health treatment in the world, costing just $1.00 per child per year.
- Helen Keller International is a leader in designing, implementing, and monitoring programs that ensure annual delivery of vitamin A to vulnerable populations worldwide, preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition.
For more information on Vitamin A, see Reducing Malnutrition/Vitamin A Supplementation.