Vitamin A supplementation and child morbidity and mortality in developing countries

George H. Beaton, Reynaldo Martorell, Kristan A. Aronson, Barry Edmonston, George McCabe, A. Catharine Ross, Bart Harvey

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A meta-analysis of eight mortality trials indicates that improving the vitamin A status of children aged six months to five years reduced mortality rates by about 23% in populations with at least low prevalence of clinical signs of vitamin A deficiency. The number of lives saved was greater at younger ages because of higher mortality. Information about morbidity outcomes from about two dozen studies was reviewed. No consistent effects on frequency or prevalence of diarrhoeal and respiratory infections were found. Improvement in vitamin A status did appear to reduce severe morbidity, particularly in children with measles. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-289
Number of pages8
JournalFood & Nutrition Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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