MANKIND'S HEALTH IS
OUR TRUE WEALTH
"The dissemination of micronutrients is a cornerstone strategy to conquering the woes of acute malnutrition."
NUTRIENTS. MACRO HOPE.
While the world focuses primarily on the drama of natural disasters, the number of children that succumb to what has been labeled "the silent emergency of malnutrition" far exceeds those affected by natural emergencies. In May 2008, the Copenhagen Consensus Expert Panel considered 30 options and ranked provision of micronutrients as the world’s best investment for development.
UNICEF estimates that every year acute malnutrition contributes to the deaths of one million to six million children under the age of five. One out of every four children under five – or approximately 146 million children in the developing world – is underweight for his or her age, and at increased risk of an early death. Moreover, inadequate nutrition impairs physical and cognitive development. Impaired development limits a child’s future educational and employment opportunities and further entrenches the poverty cycle.
WHY MICRONUTRIENTS?When whole populations suffer from malnutrition, including a lack of critical vitamins and minerals, nations likewise cannot fulfill their potential. Health-care costs rise, education efforts are thwarted, the workforce is less capable and productive, and economic activity is curtailed. Human capital overall is significantly diminished.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for the survival, growth and development of children. The provision of supplements has a dramatic impact on the health of children aged 6 to 59 months, reducing the risk of mortality by up to 23%, according to UNICEF.
FOCUSKirk Humanitarian provides two multivitamin and mineral formulations: Child Health and Growth Vitamins and Pregnancy and Lactation Vitamins, which meet and exceed the pharmaceutical grade formulation standards approved by the FDA and international health organizations.
HOWKirk Humanitarian works with U.S. manufacturers to produce tablet-form vitamin and mineral supplements. Special micronutrient formulations have been developed in conjunction with nutrition experts and multilateral health organizations.
WHERECurrently, Kirk Humanitarian supports micronutrient distribution programs in North Korea, Botswana, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Sudan and Vietnam. These countries were selected because of the difficulty – politically, geographically and economically – of access to their citizenry who, regardless of restrictions, deserve every advantage provided to those in other developing nations.
GOALOur goal is to distribute over 150,000,000 additional doses between these countries, and to similarly assist additional underdeveloped nations.
Increased birth weight
Increased resistance to diseases
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