THE CHALLENGE

  

1.4 million children worldwide go blind, the commonest cause being Vitamin A deficiency.

250 million school children suffer from Vitamin A deficiency.


 In India, there are about 320,000 blind children. This is more than any other country in the world. Preventing blindness in children is a priority since it can affect their development, mobility, education and employment opportunities. These are children who live on a handful of rice daily, and have never seen milk, eggs and butter. It’s a shame that in a world of plenty, one billion children and women suffer from nutritional deficiencies. We talk about ending hunger, but hunger is not simply about ‘feeling hungry’. When food is of poor quality and small in quantity, children suffer stunting, recurrent infection, poor school performance, even blindness. Vitamin A deficiency also causes increased susceptibility to infections and higher infant deaths. Undernutrition causes irreversible damage to both individuals and society. Malnutrition is both the cause and the result of poverty, disease, and inequality.

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