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Helen Keller International: Preventing Blindness in Africa
 

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Helen Keller International is an NGO dedicated to preventing blindness in Africa through vitamin A supplementation and Onchocerciasis control. For more information, see http://www.hki.org.

Helen Keller International is an NGO dedicated to preventing blindness in Africa through vitamin A supplementation and Onchocerciasis control. For more information, see http://www.hki.org.

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    Helen Keller International: Preventing Blindness in Africa Helen Keller International: Preventing Blindness in Africa Presentation Transcript

    • Helen Keller International Preventing Blindness in Africa February 2010
      • 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.
      About Vitamin A Deficiency
    • Up to 500,000 Children Go Blind Each Year Because Of Vitamin A Deficiency © HKI/Wendy Lee
      • As many as half of the children in African countries suffer from vitamin A deficiency.
      • In Sierra Leone, for example, nearly 3 out of 10 children do not live to see their 5 th birthday.
      • The challenge : how to reverse the devastation caused by blindness and malnutrition.
      The Challenge in Africa
    • As Many as Half The Children in African Countries Suffer From Vitamin A Deficiency © HKI/Wendy Lee
      • 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.
      Helen Keller International: Providing Solutions to VAD in Africa
      • Vitamin A not only saves sight, it also saves lives by helping the immune system fight illness.
      • More than 41 million African children benefitted from our vitamin A supplementation programs last year.
      How Helen Keller International Prevents Vitamin A Deficiency
    • More than 41 million African children benefitted from our programs last year © HKI/Carol Stein
      • Onchocerciasis , is the world’s second-leading infectious cause of blindness , afflicting 18 million people, mostly in Africa.
      • Also known as river blindness, onchocerciasis is caused by parasitic worms that are transmitted through the bite of the black fly.
      • In Africa, 37 million people are infected with onchocerciasis and 89 million are at risk of infection.
      About Onchocerciasis
    • In Africa, 37 Million People Are Infected with Onchocerciasis © HKI
      • An annual dose of the drug Mectizan ® (ivermectin), generously donated by Merck & Co., Inc. , prevents symptoms for one year.
      • In order to eliminate onchocerciasis as a public health problem, the drug must be given to community members for 15-20 years, the life cycle of the worms.
      How Helen Keller International Helps Control Onchocerciasis
      • Helen Keller International trains and mobilizes vast networks of community volunteers to get Mectizan ® to the people who need it.
      • Thanks to our efforts and these hardworking volunteers, onchocerciasis is on its way to being eliminated in Africa!
      How Helen Keller International Helps Control Onchocerciasis
    • Working with local volunteers, we are eliminating onchocerciasis in Africa! © HKI
    • Help Helen Keller International Save Sight & Lives in Africa: Donate Today! © HKI/Video for Good