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Helen Keller International: Reducing Malnutrition Worldwide


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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 communities and local partners to make simple changes in food production and consumption. For more information, see

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Helen Keller International: Reducing Malnutrition Worldwide

  1. 1. Helen Keller International Reducing Malnutrition Worldwide July 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Malnutrition affects nearly 1 billion people in the developing world today. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is the single biggest contributor to child mortality, causing an estimated 40% of child deaths worldwide. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of thousands of children go blind and die each year due to inadequate amounts of vitamin A in their diets… </li></ul><ul><li>… and deficiencies in other essential nutrients can negatively impact the health, growth and survival of children. </li></ul>The Devastating Effects of Malnutrition
  3. 3. Nearly 10,000 Children Under 5 Die Every Day Because of Malnutrition © HKI/Wendy Lee
  4. 4. <ul><li>At Helen Keller International, we are dedicated to reducing malnutrition by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing low-cost vitamin supplements to millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with communities and local partners to make simple changes in food production and consumption. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our efforts result in saving the sight and lives of millions of people worldwide each year. </li></ul>Helen Keller International: Providing Solutions to Reduce Malnutrition
  5. 5. <ul><li>Helen Keller International’s Vitamin A Supplementation program has helped reverse the devastation caused by vitamin A deficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Vitamin A Supplementation
  6. 6. We Distributed More than 76 Million Vitamin A Capsules to Children in Africa and Asia Last Year © HKI/Carol Stein
  7. 7. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Homestead Food Production
  8. 8. Homestead Food Production Helps Create Nutritional Self-Sufficiency
  9. 9. <ul><li>HKI’s Food Fortification programs provide communities and families with more nutritious, fortified foods, enabling people to lead healthier, longer lives. </li></ul><ul><li>We collaborate with partners on large-scale efforts to fortify widely-used ingredients such as flour and cooking oils with essential vitamins and minerals. </li></ul>Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Food Fortification
  10. 10. HKI’s Food Fortification Program Helps Save Lives © HKI/Wendy Lee
  11. 11. <ul><li>HKI works in developing countries to promote crops which have higher nutritional value. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We collaborate with agriculture research organizations to grow orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes , that have more vitamin A than the traditionally grown white-fleshed varieties. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just 125 grams of an orange-fleshed sweetpotato provides primary school children with over twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. </li></ul></ul>Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes
  13. 13. HKI Helps Develop Nutritious Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes
  14. 14. <ul><li>HKI applies the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach when treating at-risk populations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CMAM enables communities and health facilities to treat the majority of cases and reserves in-patient care for only those with critical complications. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children with appetites receive outpatient care from caretakers who are provided with Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods, such as Plumpy’Nut® </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Managing Acute Malnutrition
  15. 15. <ul><li>HKI implements the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) framework to address the devastating effects of maternal and child malnutrition. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ENA framework delivers an integrated package of cost-effective nutrition actions that can reduce maternal and child undernutrition and death. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>Simple, Low-Cost Solutions: Essential Nutrition Actions
  16. 16. Help Helen Keller International Save Sight & Lives: Donate Today! © HKI/Carol Stein