DELHI, India – Teck Resources of Vancouver and UNICEF Canada have launched a $5-million, five-year program, the Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ACH), that will save more than 150,000 children's lives in the country. The program will scale up the use of zinc nutritional supplements and oral rehydration salts (ORS) to treat diarrhea.
Teck noted in a news release that more children under the age of five die in India than anywhere else in the world. One of the leading causes of these deaths is diarrhea. Currently, only 2% of Indian children have access to zinc and ORS, a cost effective and proven life saving diarrhea treatment. A 10-day course of zinc tablets costs only 30¢ cents while a sachet of ORS costs 10¢ cents.
The program also aims to educate health workers and communities while strengthening the local supply chain to ensure zinc and ORS are accessible in the long term.
To learn more about Teck's Zinc and Health program, visit ZincSavesLives.com.