Saturday, September 22, 2012
Medical Care for Neglected Children
Gospel for Asia
For Immediate Release
CARROLLTON, TX (ANS) -- As part of Gospel for Asiaís Bridge of Hope program, children receive medical care that is usually unavailable in their areas. This has a monumental impact in places where many children die from preventable diseases.
Diet of the Blind
In impoverished villages of South Asia, green leafy vegetables and other sources of Vitamin A are almost completely absent in childrenís diets. This isnít because these boys and girls donít want to eat their vegetablesóitís because they canít. The food that poor families can afford is very limited and often doesnít include vegetables.
Tragically, severe cases of Vitamin A deficiency can lead to weakened immune systems, blindness or even death.
Replacing Essential Vegetables
Knowing that children younger than five are particularly vulnerable to this deficiency, the Bridge of Hope staff designed a seminar to teach about the importance of vitamins. They handed out pamphlets, invited a nurse to speak to the children and their parents about preventing blindness and then distributed vitamins to each child.
Similar blindness-prevention programs have occurred at other centers in South Asia over the last two years, providing vitamins to more than 5,000 children.
Read about all the benefits children receive in GFAís Bridge of Hope program (http://www.gfa.org/sponsorachild/benefits/?cm_mmc=GFAReports-_--_--_- )
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