Vitamin A deficiency affects almost half of under-5s in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but distribution has reached a 6-year low, UNICEF has reported.
Now, 62 million children in high-mortality countries are missing the precious doses, despite their reputation as a cost-effective, high-impact public health intervention. One reason: More countries are stopping their polio immunization programs, the typical route to deliver vitamin A as well.
The Quote: “…especially in low-income settings, medical infrastructure created is not necessarily infrastructure that should be removed, even if the original goals have been fulfilled. The infrastructure itself can prove vital to public health.”