Vitamin A

The power to save lives.
It only takes two doses of vitamin A per year to combat the devastating effects of vitamin A deficiency. These supplements strengthen immune systems, helping to fight off life-threatening illnesses for children in developing countries who lack access to foods with vitamin A.

Do you know the importance of vitamin A?

Our bodies rely on vitamin A for many purposes, all of which are essential for day-to-day activities and long-term health. When a child lacks this nutrient during the early stages of development, they can get sick, experience stunted growth, go blind and even die.

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Death

Lack of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene increase a child's risk of illness and resulting death.

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Illness

A child's weakened immune system is more susceptible to infectious diseases like measles and diarrhea.

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Death

Lack of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene increase a child's risk of illness and resulting death.

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Skin

A visible sign of vitamin A deficiency is dry, flaky skin.

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Hair

Without the vitamin A necessary for healthy growth, children often have thin, brittle, or lightened hair.

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Illness

A child's weakened immune system is more susceptible to infectious diseases like measles and diarrhea.

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Vision

Since vitamin A is crucial for healthy eyes, children who suffer from vitamin A deficiency may have compromised vision - or go completely blind.

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Growth

Vitamin A deficient children are short for their age, which is a sign of permanently stunted growth throughout life.


150 million children don’t get the vitamin A they need

Some nutrients, like vitamin A, are not produced by the body naturally. Families with children in developing countries who are struggling with food insecurity are most at risk, because purchasing or growing vitamin A-rich foods isn’t always possible.

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Children in developing countries, where foods aren’t fortified, are often vitamin A deficient.

Vitamin A-rich foods like leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, fish, and liver, can’t be grown or are too expensive for many families living in extreme poverty around the world.

Families often have no choice but to sell their nutritious crops for income.

Protecting babies from vitamin A deficiency starts with improving mothers’ health: nourished moms are able to pass nutrients on through their breast milk.

Did You Know?

High-dose vitamin A capsules are unique. The capsule's tip is cut off and the vitamin A is squeezed into the child’s mouth, rather than having them chew a tablet or swallow a pill. The vitamin A stored in the liver and slow-released over time, meaning children only need one dose every six months.

Did You Know?

Vitamin A supplementation for all children 6-59 months of age living in areas with moderate to severe vitamin A deficiency is recommended by the World Health Organization.

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In developed countries, the risks of vitamin A deficiency and micronutrient malnutrition are often unfamiliar because staple foods like milk and cereals have been fortified for decades.

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Our work supports UN Sustainable Development Goals. Vitamin A and deworming tablets, given to at-risk children >5, fights immediate risks of illness or death (Goal #3) those lacking regular access to healthy foods face (Goal #2), and helps build children's foundations for long-term success (Goal #1).

Vitamin A Saves Lives.

The children in developing countries that we serve face complex problems related to infrastructure, environment, or cultural taboos that require equally complicated solutions. Thankfully, the vitamin A we provide is an immediate and proven solution to a life-threatening condition, giving children the health and energy to tackle life’s challenges.

EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE
EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE

Children only need one dose of vitamin A every 6 months.

ESSENTIAL FOR GROWTH
ESSENTIAL FOR GROWTH

Vitamin A is a nutrient necessary for growth and development.

GLOBAL REACH
GLOBAL REACH

We give over 52 million children vitamin A, helping to address global malnutrition with a simple solution.

“One of the most compelling investments is to get nutrients to the world’s undernourished. The benefits from doing so – in terms of increased health, schooling, and productivity – are tremendous.” Vernon Smith, Nobel laureate economist

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