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Vitamin Angels' mission is to reduce child mortality worldwide by connecting essential nutrients, especially vitamin A, with infants and children under five. Essential nutrients enable young immune systems to fight infectious diseases, helping children attain good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives.
The World Health Organization estimates that 100 to 140 million children suffer from Vitamin A deficiency. About 250,000 to 500,000 of these children become blind every year and half die within 12 months of losing their sight. Many more lose their lives before any signs of deficiency are even visible. Those who survive suffer from a greater risk of illness. They have trouble focusing in school and they are unable to break the cycle of hunger and poverty that they were born into.
Vitamin Angels is dedicated to reducing child mortality worldwide by connecting essential micronutrients with infants and children under five. Essential nutrients enable young immune systems to fight infectious diseases, helping children attain good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives.
Vitamin Angels' Thrive to Five program provides women and children in the US and abroad with essential multivitamins to develop young bodies and minds before and after birth. Operation 20/20, Vitamin Angels' global vitamin A campaign, focuses on eliminating childhood blindness and reducing child mortality caused by vitamin A deficiency worldwide by the year 2020. It only costs 25 cents per year to provie one child with the vitamin A required for growth, development, body function, and survival.