Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization designed to fight malnutrition and childhood blindness around the world, today confirmed that Embria® Health Sciences, a raw material manufacturer of science-backed natural ingredients, has contributed $20,000 to support the Vitamin Angels initiative Operation 20/20. The donation will aid Vitamin Angels’ worldwide effort to eradicate childhood blindness due to Vitamin A deficiency by the year 2020.
Launched on March 21, 2006, Operation 20/20 has spent the past year raising $1.2 million to secure distribution of high-dose vitamin A and anti-parasitic supplements that can easily reverse the onset of blindness due to Vitamin A deficiency during the first five years of a child’s life, when the child is most vulnerable. Sight-saving measures cost roughly $1 per child.
“Given Vitamin Angels’ ongoing efforts to improve lives worldwide through nutritional supplements, we feel connected with the organization’s health-improving and life-saving campaigns,” said Paul Faganel, president of Embria Health Sciences. “With proper coordination and sufficient funding, Operation 20/20’s goal provides an affordable solution to an easily reversible deficiency. Embria is pleased to contribute to this effort.”
For more information about this global initiative, visit VitaminAngels.org.
Embria Health Sciences (www.embriahealth.com) combines science and nature to bring high-quality, research-based natural ingredients to the global human nutrition market. Embria’s key products are manufactured using a proprietary technology, which produces vital metabolites that deliver nutritional benefits and support increased bioavailability. A recipient of a 2006 Nutrition Business Journal Business Achievement Award, last year Embria launched its all-natural high-metabolite immunogen ingredient, EpiCor®, and holds Nutrition Business Journal’s 2005 product merit award for its selenium ingredient, eXselen®.
Vitamin Angels is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing basic nutrition and fighting vitamin A deficiency childhood blindness around the world since 1994. Last year, Vitamin Angels donated more than 100 million supplements to people in need in 40 countries around the world. Their Operation 20/20 program starting in 2007 will reach 4.25 million children in 24 countries. For more information or to make a donation to Vitamin Angels visit VitaminAngels.org.