Jan 18 2012
I love pictures like these; just looking at it brings a smile to your face.
Vita mine Angels is one my fav organization and I support them at every opportunity that I get.
In 2008, a panel of world-class economists assembled by the Copenhagen Consensus analyzed forty solutions to ten of the world’s greatest global development challenges. The result? The panel ranked micronutrient supplementation for undernourished children the #1 priority.
Essential nutrients have an enormously high cost to benefit ratio. In 2008 it was estimated that $60 million a year could provide vitamin A and zinc to 80% of the world’s then 147 million vitamin A deficient children. Every dollar spent on supplementation creates benefits worth more than 17 dollars. Better health, fewer deaths and increased future earnings add up to benefits of more than $1 billion yearly.
Food-based approaches are difficult to implement on a global scale. Micronutrient programs are an affordable and successful intervention that helps children break the cycle of poverty now.
Our cost to reach one child with two doses of vitamin A during their most vulnerable years (ages 6-59 months) is approximately $0.25 cents per year. Two doses per year can alleviate vitamin A deficiency (VAD) in children under five, a solution proven to reduce overall child mortality by about 24% in at-risk populations. Join us in our effort to reach at-risk children worldwide with essential nutrients.