Project Healthy Children

Project Healthy Children

Project Healthy Children works with rural millers in low-income countries to fortify staple foods with vitamins and minerals.

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Project Healthy Children (PHC) is working to end malnutrition in Africa. To achieve this, PHC:

  • Works with small African flour mills to fortify staple foods with vital nutrients.
  • Helps millers offset the costs of the nutrients by helping them save money on flour bags for packing their flour.
  • Monitors the fortifying process remotely and visits the mills when needed.

PHC has already reached 2 million people with fortified flour, and it projects that it will reach 25 million people by 2025.

To learn more about Project Healthy Children, we recommend reading GiveWell's detailed 2015 review along with its 2020 followup conversation.

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Fast Facts

  • According to Project Healthy Children, two billion people lack access to essential nutrients.
  • The body needs micronutrients like vitamins, iodine, and iron to function. Micronutrient deficiencies can lead to various health problems, like blindness, birth defects, and serious cognitive impairment.
  • About 16,000 children die each day from preventable illnesses resulting from micronutrient deficiencies.
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