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Micronutrients like vitamin A, iron and zinc are essential building blocks needed to grow healthy and strong during infancy and childhood. Yet for millions in the developing world, poor health due to vitamin deficiencies remains all too common and can lead to illness, disability, reduced work capacity in affected adults, and even premature death, especially for women and children.
Helen Keller International works across Africa and Asia to ensure that more people—particularly women and children—receive the essential nutrients needed to build healthy immune systems and live happy, productive lives for years to come.
Last year alone, we reached 45 million children under five with twice-yearly, high-dosage vitamin A supplements in 15 African countries.
We also collaborate with government and private sector partners on initiatives that reach nearly 300 million people across Africa with micronutrient fortified staple foods, such as cooking oil and wheat flour.