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Helen Keller International has been saving the sight and lives of millions of children each year through Vitamin A supplementation at a cost of only $1.00 per child per year. For more information, see http://www.hki.org.

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What if there was a pill to prevent blindness?

There is.

February 2010


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About Vitamin A Deficiency

  • Vitamin A deficiency(VAD) is the leading cause of blindness in children in the world today.

    • The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 140 million children, especially in Africa and Southeast Asia, suffer from VAD.

  • Each year, up to 500,000 children, or up to 60 per hour, go blind because of vitamin A deficiency.

    • Tragically, 70% of these children die within a year of losing their sight.


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Up to 500,000 Children Go Blind Each Year Because Of Vitamin A Deficiency

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Helen Keller Int’l: A Leader in Controlling Vitamin A Deficiency

  • Helen Keller International has been controlling VAD for decades.

  • We collaborated on the groundbreaking research that first identified that controlling vitamin A deficiency can not only save sight, it also saves lives.


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Vitamin A: A Simple, Inexpensive Solution to Prevent Blindness

  • Just two doses of high-potency vitamin A capsules are needed each year to prevent blindness in at-risk children, at a cost of just $1.00 per child per year.

  • Helen Keller International’s goal is to ensure that the capsules reach those most in need.

    • We work with local partners to distribute vitamin A capsules twice a year to children under five.


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We Work with Local Partners to Distribute Vitamin A Capsules

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How Helen Keller International Prevents Vitamin A Deficiency

  • Every minute, 164 children benefit from our vitamin A supplementation programs.

  • Last year, more than 41 million children in Africa and 46 million children in Asia received vitamin A capsules through HKI programs. 


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More than 87 million children benefitted from our programs last year

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How Helen Keller International Prevents Vitamin A Deficiency

  • HKI is a leader in designing, implementing and monitoring programs that ensure annual delivery of vitamin A to vulnerable populations.

  • Vitamin A supplementation is the most cost-effective intervention to save the sight and lives of children. It costs only $1.00 per child per year.


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HKI is a leader in delivering vitamin A to those who need it most

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