Which children are at greatest risk of vitamin A deficiency?

  • Infants who are not breastfed
  • Low birth weight infants
  • Underweight infants on a poor diet
  • Infants with diarrhoea, measles, tuberculosis or AIDS

Vitamin A deficiency is particularly important as it is common in most poor countries and contributes to the death of many children. It is estimated that as many as 25% of young children in South Africa are deficient in vitamin A, especially in rural areas.

Vitamin A deficiency is common in South Africa, especially in poor rural communities.

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