140 million children in the world at risk of Vitamin A deficiency, confirms UNICEF

Recently, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a report saying that more than 140 million children across the world are at the risk of Vitamin A deficiency. UNICEF asked world communities to provide children with Vitamin A supplements before it is too late.

Lack of Vitamin A can lead to various illnesses like hearing loss, blindness and even death! UNICEF says that 2 doses of Vitamin A for a child in a year can save lives of thousands of children across the globe.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Vitamin A deficiency is a public health problem. Children who are aged from 6 to 59 months can fall sick due to lack of Vitamin A in their diet. They are often prone to diseases like measles and diarrhoea.

The highest rates of children with Vitamin A deficiency are at Sub Saharan African regions. They come up to 48 percent. It is followed by countries in South Asia with a 44 percent.

This was published in a report named ‘Coverage at a Crossroads’ that was released on Monday.

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