Vitamin A supplementation coverage rate (% of children ages 6-59 months)

Definition: Vitamin A supplementation refers to the percentage of children ages 6-59 months old who received at least two doses of vitamin A in the previous year.

Description: The map below shows how Vitamin A supplementation coverage rate (% of children ages 6-59 months) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Dem. People's Rep. Korea, with a value of 99.00. The country with the lowest value in the world is Liberia, with a value of 0.00.

Source: United Nations Children's Fund, State of the World's Children.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Statistical Concept and Methodology: Vitamin A is essential for immune system functioning. Vitamin A deficiency, a leading cause of blindness, also causes a greater risk of dying from a range of childhood ailments such as measles, malaria, and diarrhea. In low- and middle-income countries, where vitamin A is consumed largely in fruits and vegetables, daily per capita intake is often insufficient to meet dietary requirements. Providing young children with two high-dose vitamin A capsules a year is a safe, cost-effective, efficient strategy for eliminating vitamin A deficiency and improving child survival. Giving vitamin A to new breastfeeding mothers helps protect their children during the first months of life. Food fortification with vitamin A is being introduced in many developing countries.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual