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Prevention and control of vitamin A deficiency in Cameroon

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Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is caused by insufficient intake of foods rich in vitamin A or provitamin A carotenoids to meet the requirements for growth, infections, pregnancy and lactation (WHO, 1996). As indicated by the work of West (2002), vitamin A deficiency affects yearly close to 127 million children of pre-school age and more than 7.2 million pregnant women. Similarly each year 4.4 million children and more than 6 million women have xerophthalmia, a major consequence of this deficiency. An estimated 250,000 children of preschool age become blind each year (WHO, 1992) due to VAD. This makes VAD a serious cause of morbidity and infant and maternal mortality (Humphrey et al. 1996). In Cameroon, the development of a strategy to eradicate VAD as a priority health problem which affects childhood was implemented in several phases.

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Year 2005
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/JSVO8172
DOI Number 10.52439/JSVO8172
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