Project Healthy Children (PHC) works with national governments and manufacturers to fortify staple foods with essential micronutrients such as iron, folic acid and iodine, to protect populations from debilitating conditions caused by malnutrition. PHC currently operates food fortification programs in Rwanda, Malawi, Liberia, Burundi, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone. Worldwide, PHC’s food fortification programs benefit more than 55 million people.
Over two billion people across the globe don’t get necessary vitamins and minerals such as iron, vitamin A, folic acid and iodine in their diets. This micronutrient malnutrition leads to preventable blindness, increased rates of miscarriage, death during childbirth, birth defects, compromised immune systems, and cognitive and developmental delays.
According to PHC micronutrient malnutrition is the leading preventable cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities in the world.
Food fortification is one of the least expensive solutions to many of the diseases and conditions associated with extreme poverty and costs 25 cents per person a year. Even a small donation can make a big difference in ensuring that someone doesn’t get a preventable disease. To donate, please click here.
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