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04 Dec 2009 description

CONTACT: Jennifer Klopp, Vice President of Development and Communications Helen Keller International 212-532-0544 x808 jklopp@hki.org

December 4, 2009, Dakar, Senegal - Benin and Togo recently celebrated the official launch of food fortification efforts in both of their countries, joining neighboring countries Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali, which already have efforts underway.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are highly prevalent in West Africa, especially for children under five years old and pregnant and lactating women.