Heroes of Progress, Pt. 21: Alfred Sommer
Introducing Alfred Sommer, the American scientist who discovered that vitamin A deficiency dramatically contributes to increased childhood mortality and morbidity. Sommer found that providing children, especially those living in the developing world, with vitamin A tablets twice a year could drastically reduce the rate of childhood death and blindness. It is estimated that Sommer’s discovery and treatment has saved more than 12 million children from an early death, and it continues to save hundreds of thousands more people every year.
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