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Vitamin Angels’ President, Howard Schiffer, is headed to Laos on February 11th with our favorite photographer, Matt Dayka, and some new friends from Sanofi-Aventis.
Vitamin Angels is working with our in-country partners, Give Children a Choice, to reach over 24,000 children under 5 in the Xieng Khouang province of Laos (approximately 100% of that population!). By reaching children under five with daily multivitamins we anticipate:
i) reduction in stunting, anemia, vitamin A deficiency, and chronic malnutrition
ii) reduced clinic visits and hospitalization and increased school attendance, and
iii) decreased morbidity and/or mortality rates.
Be sure to check back regularly for updates from field, stories, photos and videos of our beneficiaries and partners!
Laos is one of the least developed countries in Asia. The country, and particularly the Xieng Khoung province, was the scene of the ‘Secret War’ in the 1960’s and ‘70s. It is one of the most severely bombed areas in history. The existence of a large number of UXO’s (‘unexploded ordnance’ similar to land mines) throughout the country presents significant safety risks. As a result, agriculture remains underdeveloped leading to inadequate food supply and high rates of undernutrition. Among children under 5, 68.3% are stunted and 41.4% are underweight. Under-five child mortality is 70 per 1000.
During their time in Laos, the group will visit some of the villages where the children live, the preschools that GCAC has built and where the multivitamins are distributed. The may also participate in meetings with some local officials and members of the Ministry of Health.
To our partners at sanofi-aventis for coming along on this adventure!
To the companies below who donated product to make our work in Laos possible, and to all of our financial contributors who support projects like this one all around the world.
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To the F. Dohmen Foundation for providing a grant to cover program expenses in 2010.