Every Child Thrives is a four-year program to reduce child mortality among children under age 5 in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire through Vitamin A supplementation and deworming intervention.

This combined treatment, Vitamin A and deworming, began implementation by effect:hope and Medical Assistance Programs (MAP) International in 2016. We are working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire to build the capacity to administer and deliver these child health-centred treatments.

More than 1.8 million children under age 5, across 24 districts in Côte d’Ivoire and 3 counties in Kenya, are directly benefitting from Every Child Thrives.

Every Child Thrives is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. It is the first grant awarded by the Government of Canada that addresses Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) along with micronutrient supplementation to reduce mortality in children under age 5.

Our impact: 1.8 million children given Vitamin A supplements and treated for intestinal parasites.

Denise was very concerned about her young son. With frequent bouts of diarrhea and a real lack of appetite, his growth was severely stunted. Her son had intestinal parasites.

Key Facts:

  • Every year, up to 500,000 children worldwide go blind because of Vitamin A deficiency.
  • Half of these children die within 12 months of losing their sight (World Health Organization).
  • In Côte d’Ivoire, 57 percent of children under age 5 are Vitamin A deficient.
  • In Kenya, 84 percent of children under age 5 have a
    Vitamin A deficiency (Global Nutrition Report, 2014).