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At Helen Keller International, we are dedicated to reducing malnutrition by providing low-cost vitamin A supplementation to millions of the world’s most vulnerable people and working with ...

At Helen Keller International, we are dedicated to reducing malnutrition by providing low-cost vitamin A supplementation to millions of the world’s most vulnerable people and working with communities and local partners to make simple changes in food production and consumption. For more information, see http://www.hki.org.

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  • 1. Helen Keller International Reducing Malnutrition Worldwide July 2010
  • 2.
    • Malnutrition affects nearly 1 billion people in the developing world today.
      • It is the single biggest contributor to child mortality, causing an estimated 40% of child deaths worldwide.
    • Hundreds of thousands of children go blind and die each year due to inadequate amounts of vitamin A in their diets…
    • … and deficiencies in other essential nutrients can negatively impact the health, growth and survival of children.
    The Devastating Effects of Malnutrition
  • 3. Nearly 10,000 Children Under 5 Die Every Day Because of Malnutrition © HKI/Wendy Lee
  • 4.
    • At Helen Keller International, we are dedicated to reducing malnutrition by:
      • Providing low-cost vitamin supplements to millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, and
      • Working with communities and local partners to make simple changes in food production and consumption.
    • Our efforts result in saving the sight and lives of millions of people worldwide each year.
    Helen Keller International: Providing Solutions to Reduce Malnutrition
  • 5.
    • Helen Keller International’s Vitamin A Supplementation program has helped reverse the devastation caused by vitamin A deficiency.
    • Last year alone, we helped save the sight and lives of children in 18 countries in Africa and Asia by providing over 76 million vitamin A capsules at a cost of just $1.00 per child per year.
    Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Vitamin A Supplementation
  • 6. We Distributed More than 76 Million Vitamin A Capsules to Children in Africa and Asia Last Year © HKI/Carol Stein
  • 7.
    • Our Homestead Food Production prog ram creates nutritional self-sufficiency through the establishment of thousands of home gardens that provide year -round supplies of micronutrient-rich foods and small farms for raising poultry and livestock.
    • Tended by women, the gardens cost just $9.00 per garden to start. Each garden can feed up to 40 people and provide extra income from selling surplus food at local markets.
    Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Homestead Food Production
  • 8. Homestead Food Production Helps Create Nutritional Self-Sufficiency
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    • HKI’s Food Fortification programs provide communities and families with more nutritious, fortified foods, enabling people to lead healthier, longer lives.
    • We collaborate with partners on large-scale efforts to fortify widely-used ingredients such as flour and cooking oils with essential vitamins and minerals.
    Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Food Fortification
  • 10. HKI’s Food Fortification Program Helps Save Lives © HKI/Wendy Lee
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    • HKI works in developing countries to promote crops which have higher nutritional value.
      • We collaborate with agriculture research organizations to grow orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes , that have more vitamin A than the traditionally grown white-fleshed varieties.
      • HKI and local partners use social marketing campaigns to encourage acceptance and consumption of these new plant varieties, resulting in improved vitamin A intake among targeted populations.
    Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes
  • 12.
      • The orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes thrive in different growing conditions and produce a high crop yield so producers like them. They taste good and are versatile so consumers like them too.
      • Just 125 grams of an orange-fleshed sweetpotato provides primary school children with over twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
    Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes
  • 13. HKI Helps Develop Nutritious Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes
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    • HKI applies the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach when treating at-risk populations.
      • CMAM enables communities and health facilities to treat the majority of cases and reserves in-patient care for only those with critical complications.
      • Children with appetites receive outpatient care from caretakers who are provided with Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods, such as Plumpy’Nut®
      • Reducing the number of cases required to be treated at in-patient facilities also reduces the likeliness of infection and the social and financial burden to most families.
    Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Managing Acute Malnutrition
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    • HKI implements the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) framework to address the devastating effects of maternal and child malnutrition.
      • The ENA framework delivers an integrated package of cost-effective nutrition actions that can reduce maternal and child undernutrition and death.
      • HKI teaches health and community agents how to counsel and work with families so that they adopt optimal behaviors, including, among others, vitamin A supplementation, breastfeeding, nutritional care for sick children, anemia control, women’s nutrition, and the use of iodized salt.
    Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Essential Nutrition Actions
  • 16. Help Helen Keller International Save Sight & Lives: Donate Today! © HKI/Carol Stein