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33An estimated 33 per cent of pre-school age children do not get enough vitamin A in their diet.
World Fit for Children Goal: Achieve sustainable elimination of vitamin A deficiency
An estimated 33 per cent (190 million) of pre-school age children and 15 per cent (19 million) of pregnant women do not have enough vitamin A in their daily diet, and can be classified as vitamin A deficient.
While most people know that vitamin A deficiency (VAD) can lead to blindness – it is in fact the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness – many are unaware that even before blindness occurs, vitamin A-deficient children face a 23 per cent greater risk of dying from ailments such as measles, diarrhoea or malaria.