Senegal: Mining company Tech Resources partners with NGO to help 6 million children get zinc supplements to improve their health & development

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4 July 2011

Senegal: Canadian Company to Help Finance Zinc Supplements for Children

Author: Donald G. McNeil, New York Times

A Canadian zinc mining company and a Canadian nonprofit devoted to getting vitamins and minerals to children in poor countries recently joined forces to create a new partnership, the Zinc Alliance for Child Health...Zinc...is a mineral crucial in trace amounts to children’s growth, brain development and immune system functions...Teck Resources...announced that it would give $6.2 million to help six million children in Senegal get zinc supplements. Its partners in the new alliance are the Micronutrient Initiative, a nonprofit group based in Ottawa, and the Canadian International Development Agency, through which Canada channels foreign aid. A 2006 World Health Organization review of nutrition studies concluded that zinc supplements help save the lives of children with severe diarrhea when given in conjunction with oral rehydration solution. Zinc also helped save severely underweight children.

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Author: Normand Rhéaume, TVA Nouvelles [Canada]

Des milliers d'enfants auront la vie sauve au Sénégal grâce à un projet international auquel participe le Canada et qui consiste à fournir des traitements contre la diarrhée à base de zinc. La ministre de la Coopération internationale...a déclaré...que le gouvernement fédéral canadien était heureux d'appuyer un partenariat entre la compagnie minière Teck Ressources...et l'Initiative pour les micronutriments...L'Initiative pour les micronutriments s'efforce spécifiquement de veiller à ce que les gens les plus vulnérables du monde qui habitent des pays en développement - tout spécialement les femmes et les enfants - reçoivent les vitamines et les minéraux dont ils ont besoin pour survivre et prospérer.

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