Percent of Population Worldwide that are Zinc Deficient (>2 billion)
Number of Children Estimated to Die from Zinc Deficiency Related Issues Annually
ZINC'S VALUE PROPOSITION
Zinc deficiency is a significant health problem in developing countries, especially among young children. Zinc deficiency weakens their immune system and leaves them vulnerable to diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of death in children under five years of age claiming the lives of 116,000 young children per year. Zinc deficiency has also been linked to growth retardation (stunting) and impeded intellectual development affecting over 60% (nearly 400 million) children under five. While zinc is crucial to the treatment of diarrhea, it also plays a significant role in preventing other health problems.
Over 2 billion people are classified as zinc deficient.
116,000 children die each year from zinc deficiency related issues.
Zinc deficiency has been linked to growth retardation (stunting), impeded intellectual development, and numerous other serious health issues; potentially affecting nearly 400 million children under five.
The Copenhagen Consensus identified Zinc and Vitamin A as the most cost-effective solution to malnutrition.
Zinc has been labelled a 'Life Saving Commodity" by the United Nations.
ZINC SAVES KIDS INITIATIVE
Zinc Saves Kids delivers cost-effective, high-impact solutions for zinc deficiency, including food fortification, micronutrient supplementation, and treatment for diarrhea. In the 13 years since its inception, Zinc Saves Kids has raised over $4 million USD to improve the survival, health, and development of young children in developing countries affected most by zinc-deficiency-related health problems.