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Helen Keller International’s VAS Program

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Helen Keller International saves and improves the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health, and malnutrition. Please note that donations through RC Forward will only be directed towards Helen Keller International’s vitamin A supplementation (VAS) program, a GiveWell top-rated charity.

About this charity

Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of preventable blindness in children worldwide and contributes to a high risk of disease and death. It is a public health problem in more than half of the world’s countries, with greatest impact on children and pregnant women.

For more than 40 years, Helen Keller International has been a leader in designing, implementing, and monitoring programs that ensure annual delivery of vitamin A supplements to vulnerable populations worldwide.

This program is just one vital component of Helen Keller International’s broader strategy to address the causes and consequences of blindness, vision loss, and malnutrition among the world’s most vulnerable people.

Helen Keller International’s holistic approach strengthens health systems, treats neglected diseases, and empowers communities to prevent illness and improve their health. Helen Keller International promotes essential nutrition actions among vulnerable mothers and children, while preventing malnutrition by fortifying key staple foods with micronutrients and empowering households to increase production of diverse, nutritious crops.

Collectively, these actions are making a critical difference in the lives of millions of people, and Helen Keller International continues to look toward engaging more supporters in this transformational work.

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