Each day around forty thousand children die because of severe malnutrition and related diseases across the world. Malnutrition disempowers and affects the lives of around 852 million people globally. According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO: 1996), more than starvation the major challenge today is malnutrition, the deficiency of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids) that no longer allows the body to ensure growth and maintain its vital functions.
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue green micro algae that offers remarkable health benefits to undernourished populations. Spiruilna is rich in beta carotene which assists the body in overcoming eye problems caused by Vitamin A deficiency. Spirulina's protein and B-vitamin complex makes it an effective nutritional supplement to improve an infant's diet. Spirulina is the only food source, except for mother's milk, that contains substantial amounts of an essential fatty acid GLA that helps regulate the entire hormone system. (IIMSAM)
To deploy spirulina, the highest protein dense product on earth, to help alleviate malnutrition, hunger, and related diseases in the developing countries using a unique approach leverageing the private sector under the flag of the Uniteed Nations.
Japanese medical students, nursing students, and students in other fields took Spirulina powder to Zambia in cooperation with the local governments and a private NPO "TICO", and delivered it directly to the communities in need while providing detailed instructions on proper consumption.
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The project provides an opportunity for students not only to be goodwill envoys, but also gives them a chance to foster good relations with people in these communities and at the same time establish a forum for information exchange worldwide.
Support for the Project
In cooperation with Japanese private sector sponsors, the Alliance Forum Foundation will purchase Spirulina and cover students traveling expenses required to deliver it the selected countries' communities.