What if there was a pill to prevent blindness? There is


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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

  1. 1. What if there was a pill to prevent blindness? There is. February 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is the leading cause of blindness in children in the world today. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 140 million children, especially in Africa and Southeast Asia, suffer from VAD. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each year, up to 500,000 children, or up to 60 per hour, go blind because of vitamin A deficiency. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tragically, 70% of these children die within a year of losing their sight. </li></ul></ul>About Vitamin A Deficiency
  3. 3. Up to 500,000 Children Go Blind Each Year Because Of Vitamin A Deficiency © HKI/Wendy Lee
  4. 4. <ul><li>Helen Keller International has been controlling VAD for decades. </li></ul><ul><li>We collaborated on the groundbreaking research that first identified that controlling vitamin A deficiency can not only save sight, it also saves lives. </li></ul>Helen Keller Int’l: A Leader in Controlling Vitamin A Deficiency
  5. 5. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Helen Keller International’s goal is to ensure that the capsules reach those most in need. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We work with local partners to distribute vitamin A capsules twice a year to children under five. </li></ul></ul>Vitamin A: A Simple, Inexpensive Solution to Prevent Blindness
  6. 6. We Work with Local Partners to Distribute Vitamin A Capsules © HKI
  7. 7. <ul><li>Every minute, 164 children benefit from our vitamin A supplementation programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Last year, more than 41 million children in Africa and 46 million children in Asia received vitamin A capsules through HKI programs.  </li></ul>How Helen Keller International Prevents Vitamin A Deficiency
  8. 8. More than 87 million children benefitted from our programs last year © HKI/Carol Stein
  9. 9. <ul><li>HKI is a leader in designing, implementing and monitoring programs that ensure annual delivery of vitamin A to vulnerable populations. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>How Helen Keller International Prevents Vitamin A Deficiency
  10. 10. HKI is a leader in delivering vitamin A to those who need it most © HKI
  11. 11. Help Helen Keller International Save Sight & Lives: Donate Today! © HKI/Carol Stein