In September 2009, The New York Times* reported, “One of the most vertiginous drops in child mortality has occurred in Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa that is so poor that half the children are stunted by malnutrition… The country’s mortality rate for children younger than 5 has fallen to 100 deaths per 1,000 births in 2008, from 225 in 1990 and 336 in 1970.”
At Nu Skin, we celebrate that improvement because we took part in it. More than 115 million servings of locally-produced nutritious VitaMeal distributed to children in Malawi is making a measurable difference. Often, the only food Malawian children receive is “nsima.” Nutritional analysis of this staple made from maize reveals that it contains no vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, or niacin and only low levels of other nutrients. Even if Malawian children have full tummies, they may still suffer from malnutrition. Conversely, expertly-formulated VitaMeal contains 25 essential vitamins and minerals and a balance of electrolytes and nutrients.
More than 60,000 children receive VitaMeal in Malawi each day at school or through village programs. But malnutrition affects more than 500,000 children under five years of age. By purchasing and donating one more bag of VitaMeal each month, we can work together to come closer to our goal of eliminating hunger.