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Flyer 1: Promote Food-based Approaches to Combat Vitamin A Deficiency in Africa

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), a serious public health problem in Africa, is the result of inadequate dietary intake of vitamin A rich foods and frequent infections. The problem affects an estimated 43% of pre-school aged children. Vitamin A deficiency weakens the immune system, increases the risk of disease and death, and causes visual impairment in children and night blindness in pregnant women and children.