Don't Let Vitamin A Deficiency Prevent Ugandan Children From Seeing The Majesty Of The Nile River

See what they see.

At 6,853 km (4,258 miles) long, the Nile River is widely regarded as the longest river in the world, and one of its two major stems draws its power and water from Lake Victoria, near Jinja, Uganda. That Jinja is home to the source of the Nile is impressive enough, but the natural beauty it holds as a result makes the area breathtaking.

Unfortunately, because Uganda is also home to some of the most serious vitamin A deficiency (VAD) in the world, many native Ugandans never get a chance to fully take in Jinja's scenery. VAD can cause eye damage that leads to blindness and some 28 percent of children in the country suffer from it.


Many families in Uganda don't have access to vitamin A-rich foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach, fish, milk, eggs, and carrots. As a result, the children are at a high risk of blindness, which, in addition to significantly hampering a healthy daily lifestyle, prevents them from appreciating the natural wonder of their surroundings.

To take a closer look at the source of the Nile, check out this 360-degree video below.


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