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By Melinda Smith
Washington
26 August 2008

Study suggest if Vitamin A was widely distributed to all babies in South Asia, as many as a half million more babies would survive<br />
Study suggest if Vitamin A was widely distributed to all babies in South Asia, as many as a half million more babies would survive
All babies need Vitamin A to help protect them from infectious diseases. When they are born, they have a reserve of Vitamin A that is adequate for a short time until they begin breast-feeding.  But if the mother is undernourished, the milk she provides may not contain enough Vitamin A and the baby struggles to survive.  

That is the situation in many developing countries where the death rate for newborns is especially high. VOA's Melinda Smith has more on a recent study that shows that giving Vitamin A to babies right after birth can reduce the odds of death significantly.

 

Some video courtesy of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

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