Our 2013 Vitamin A and Multivitamin Distribution Will Help Over 22,000 Haitian Children and 350 Pregnant Mothers

February 4, 2013

Sadly, one third of the children in Haiti have Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD).  VAD diminishes the immune system’s ability to fight infections, contributes to maternal mortality, and if severe enough, can cause permanent blindness. Next week, we are transporting enough vitamin A to help over 21,000 Haitian children.

Vitamin A distribution programs and VAD education has helped reduce the estimated number of child deaths from 16 million annually in 1970 to less than 8 million in 2010.  
One high-dose Vitamin A capsule can provide one child with sufficient Vitamin A for six months.  This alone can reduce under-five child mortality by at least 24% in at-risk populations.  It also helps to prevent and reverse one of the most severe effects of VAD – xerophthalmia – a disorder of the eye that can lead to permanent blindness.
International Action is taking part in the worldwide effort to eliminate VAD.  In 2012, we helped Haitian clinics and international humanitarian groups provide vitamin A supplements to 15,264 children between the ages of 6 and 11 months, and to 40,681 children between the ages of 1 and 5 years old.  
Along with the vitamin A we are shipping to Haiti next week, we are also shipping enough Albendazole to rid over 8,500 children of intestinal worms and enough mulitvitamins to help 1,000 more chuldren and 350 mothers!  Our partnering organizations, Samaritan’s Purse, the Children Nutrition Program of Haiti, Haitihelpers, and the Carrefour Center Clinic, will be administering the vitamins.  
Thank you for your continued support, our work would not be possible without your help.