Do vitamin A deficiency and undernutrition still matter?
Although great strides have been made to address vitamin A deficiency in children, there are still many countries where vitamin A deficiency remains a problem. As eye care professionals, we can do a lot to inform and educate communities about nutrition in general and how families can improve the diet of young children, thereby also preventing them from becoming vitamin A deficient. This issue gives some practical examples of what you can do either in the clinic or during outreach and includes advice on how to manage a child with xerophthalmia and what urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of blindness and death.
Articles in this issue –
- Do vitamin A deficiency and undernutrition still matter?
- Understanding undernutrition
- What is vitamin A and why do we need it?
- The eye signs of vitamin A deficiency
- How to manage children with the eye signs of vitamin A deficiency
- Public health programmes for vitamin A deficiency control
- Vitamin A supplementation: who, when and how
- Vitamin A deficiency: what eye health workers can do
- Keep on operating: how to deal with power cuts
- How to measure and record blood pressure
- Verifying the calibration of a manual one-position keratometer
- We have ‘a very good chance’ of eliminating blinding trachoma by 2020
Continuing professional development –
- Time to reflect: Vitamin A deficency and undernutrition
- Diagnose this quiz: Issue 84
- Test yourself: Vitamin A and undernutrition
News and notices –
- Would you like to receive your own copy of the Community Eye Health Journal?
- Eye banks develop a global alliance
Further information about this issue –
Consulting editors for Issue 84: Clare Gilbert and Susanne Wedner