Thanks to you, a wonderful foundation has been established over the last year in providing healthcare for moms & babies in rural Haiti. A healthy pregnancy is the first step in helping create a culture of healthy children. But what happens next? With your help, we can expand our existing programs to include a nutrition program for children!
Why is Vitamin A important?
“As children grow and develop rapidly, meeting their intense and urgent nutritional needs is essential. Vitamin A is a micronutrient children’s bodies need for a strong immune system, healthy vision, and physical growth and development.”
“Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of preventable childhood blindness, and a major contributor to illness and death.” – Vitamin Angels
Why do children in Haiti need Vitamin A supplements?
“Vitamin A comes from the foods we eat. Carrots, leafy green vegetables, eggs, and fish are some vitamin A-rich foods. In some countries, staples like milk, cereal, and bread may also be fortified with vitamin A.”
“Children who are experiencing food insecurity or facing malnutrition may not get enough vitamin A from their diets.”
“When their needs can’t be met through food alone, vitamin A supplements are an effective and proven way to fill an urgent nutritional gap as children grow and develop.” – Vitamin Angels
While vegetables, eggs and fish are available in rural areas of Haiti, not all families can afford to provide these important foods for their children.
How can we help?
The World Health Organization recommends vitamin A supplementation for all children ages six months to five years who live in areas with moderate to severe vitamin deficiency. World Wide Village was recently approved to receive vitamin A supplements as a grant from Vitamin Angels.
The approach of Vitamin Angels is to leverage the knowledge and existing infrastructure of other non-profits and add vitamins to their existing health and nutrition services. With your help, we can establish a childhood nutrition program and fight malnutrition and illness among children in Haiti.
Just two doses of vitamin A per year can help build the foundation for a healthy life!