Hello All We Are followers!
Thank you all for your support and for following our progress. We are pleased to share with you the latest development for the organization, The Vitamin Project.
A huge epidemic totally foreign to those of us fortunate enough to live in a First World country is vitamin deficiency. The biggest issues regarding this epidemic are protein-energy malnutrition (PEM), Vitamin A deficiency, endemic goiter and nutritional anemia.
Here is a breakdown of some of the diseases associated with vitamin deficiency occurring mainly in India, Africa and South America:
1. Anemia: 350 million people a year affected. Roundworms and hookworms, prevalent in Third World countries, suck blood from the gut lining of individuals, which causes iron-deficiency anemia.
2. Cretinism, AKA hypothyroidism: Occurs at a rate of 1 out of every 3,000 births. It is a result of iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency in pregnancy also causes an estimated 20 million babies to be born mentally impaired.
3. Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD): 250 million preschool children affected. Between 250,000 and 500,000 vitamin A-deficient children become blind every year, half of them dying within 12 months of losing their sight. VAD is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children. It also increases risk of disease and death from infections.
These are just a few of many problems resulting from vitamin deficiency. Currently All We Are is working to find practical means of shipping bulk medicine to Third World countries, particularly India and countries in Africa and South America.
We have partnered with Missionphotography and its president Laura Schlater. Laura has done work in El Salvador, Haiti and South Africa, and her expertise is proving to be a huge asset to the project. Currently, work is being done to partner with the University of Cincinnati group Serve Beyond Cincinnati (SBC) and the Indian Chamber of Congress to start building the connections we’ll need to begin shipping the vitamins.
If everything goes well, our next step will be to start making proposals to pharmacies and doctor’s offices to help increase our inventory of these much-needed vitamins so we can make the greatest impact possible.
Continue to follow All We Are for updates on this and our other projects, and thank you for your support.