NEW YORK TIMES: What a little vitamin A could do
13 MAY 2009
13 MAY 2009 | KOUNDARA, Guinea - I’m bouncing across West Africa in the back of a Land Cruiser with the winner of my “win-a-trip” contest, Paul Bowers, a student at the University of South Carolina, talking about wonky ways to tackle global poverty — such as vitamin A capsules.
Americans pretty much take vitamin A for granted, but many of the world’s poorest people lack it. And as a result, it is estimated that more than half-a-million children die or go blind each year.There’s a simple fix: vitamin A capsules that cost about 2 cents each.