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A Simple Cure: Fighting Childhood Blindness with Vitamin A


Aired 4/19/09

Tom Fudge: Human blindness can be due to accidents. It can be due to genetics. But it can also be caused by malnutrition. Around the world more than a hundred million children suffer from vision problems because they don't get enough Vitamin A. That's a vitamin found in leafy vegetables that include carrots. That's right, carrots really are good for your eyes.


When Howard Schiffer learned that simply providing more Vitamin A could prevent many children from going blind, it changed his life, or at least it changed his line of work. Howard founded a group called Vitamin Angels, which is devoted to eradicating childhood blindness. Vitamin Angels also raises money for vitamins that prevent other illnesses caused by malnutrition.



  • Howard Schiffer, executive director Vitamin Angels , a non-profit committed to eradicating childhood blindness due to Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) by the year 2020. Operation 20/20 is the first major step in this global campaign, which will launch in 18 countries in 2007.
  • Dr. Robert Pendleton , ophthalmologist at the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He volunteers with See International , a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to treating vision problems in developing countries.

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