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~ Canada's Vitamin A SUCCESS Story ~

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The Micronutrient Initiative has one of the solutions that has saved
millions of lives – a little red capsule, filled with vitamin A.
It’s simple, it’s affordable and it’s thanks to you.



4 million children's lives saved


THE ISSUE:
Vitamin A deficiency weakens children’s immune systems, putting them at higher risk of disease and death. It is also the leading cause of preventable child blindness. According to the World Health Organization, vitamin A deficiency affects more than 190 million children in the developing world.

THE ACTION:
Canada has been a leading funder of vitamin A for more than 15 years.  Through the Micronutrient Initiative, over 8 billion capsules have been procured and distributed through child health programs to help save the lives of children around the world. 

THE IMPACT:
When given to children who are vitamin A deficient, the little red capsule can mean up to a 24% decrease in mortality rates.  In fact, more than 4 million children’s lives have been saved.  Thanks to you.

THE COST TO PRODUCE:
2 cents per capsule + 2 doses per child = 4 cents per child per year.

THE VALUE:
Vitamin A provides one of the biggest returns on investment in global development. Every dollar spent on vitamin A results in a $17 return.


Vitamin A Timeline



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