|Help Save a Child's Life With Vitamin A|
An estimated 250 million pre-school children are vitamin A deficient.
These are the poorest of the poor, subsisting mainly on rice and other staple foods that lack micronutrients. Their tiny bodies become vulnerable to infection and disease and they are at far greater risk of dying from common childhood illnesses.
Up to 500,000 vitamin A deficient children become blind each year, with half of them dying within 12 months of losing their sight.
The good news is that two tiny high-dose capsules of vitamin A can help save the life of a child at risk.
Twice-yearly doses of vitamin A for children under five can reduce their risk of mortality by 24%. This amounts to 640,000 children's lives a year in sub-Saharan Africa alone.
Last year Helen Keller International reached 54 million children under five with this vital intervention, paving the way for a brighter future.
For today's Daily Action, learn about HKI's sight- and life-saving work through vitamin A supplementation and other interventions and how you can help more children live to be happy and healthy beyond age 5.
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