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Q: What is the Zinc Saves Kids initiative?
A: Zinc Saves Kids is an initiative of the International Zinc Association (IZA) to improve the survival, growth and development of malnourished children in developing countries by funding UNICEF’s zinc-containing micronutrient programs. Zinc Saves Kids was launched in 2010 with the objective of increasing the awareness of the global zinc deficiency issue and raising funds to support UNICEF's zinc-containing supplementation programs to combat and prevent diarrhea and malnutrition in at-risk children under the age of five in high-burden countries. The initiative is part of IZA`s social responsibility efforts.

Q: What is zinc deficiency?
A: Zinc deficiency is a global health problem. It is mainly related to an inadequate intake of zinc. Zinc is supplied to the body through a diversified diet including meats and fish which are often inaccessible to people in developing countries. Children are especially vulnerable to zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency weakens their immune system making them incapable of fighting diarrhea and infections such as pneumonia. Zinc deficiency leads also to retarded growth and development and stunting with life-long impacts on health, productivity and income.

Q: Can zinc deficiency be treated?
A: Yes, zinc deficiency can be corrected through the provision of zinc supplements. A 10-14 day course of 20mg zinc tablets in combination with low osmoloar Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) can stop diarrhea and prevent further episodes for two to three months. The costs of this treatment are 50 US cents. Zinc-containing multiple micronutrient powders (MNP)are used to prevent and combat malnutrition. The annual costs per child amount to 2-4 US$. A few extra milligrams of zinc every day can make a huge difference and are a quick and easy, effective and inexpensive remedy.

Q: How is Zinc Saves Kids implemented on the ground?
A: UNICEF implements Zinc Saves Kids on the ground through an integrated program including the provision of supplementation and treatment, training of health professionals and voluntary health caregivers; education of families; and cooperation with national and local authorities and NGOs. IZA provides funding.

Q: What is the time frame of the Zinc Saves Kids initiative?
A: IZA considers the fight against global zinc deficiency a long-term commitment.

Q: Can I make a donation to this initiative?
A: Yes. We welcome your donation as a private individual, community, company and/or NGO. Every cent will help save lives. Personal donations can be made online with your credit card. Please go to Donate. Corporate contributions can be made by wire transfer or cheque. Please contact zsk-donations@zinc.org.

Q: Is my donation to Zinc Saves Kids tax-deductable?
A: Zinc Saves Kids has charitable status in the United States of America and Canada and donations made in these jurisdictions are fully tax-deductable. Donations made in other parts of the world are unfortunately not tax-deductable.

Q: Where will the money that I donate go?
A: 100% of the money donated to Zinc Saves Kids goes directly to UNICEF to scale up life-saving zinc supplementation to combat and prevent diarrhea and malnutrition in high-burden areas.

Q: What is the International Zinc Association and why is it involved in this particular initiative?
A: The International Zinc Association (IZA) is a non-profit organization representing the global zinc industry by supporting and advancing zinc products and markets through research, development, technology transfer and communicating the unique attributes that make zinc sustainable and essential for life. IZA has been active for many years in advancing research on zinc’s importance for health and nutrition. It is involved in this initiative because it is its global citizenship responsibility to provide zinc to those who don't get enough of this essential micronutrient through their diet and suffer most from the consequences: namely children under the age of five in high-burden areas.

Q: Is the zinc industry making money from the sale of zinc supplements?
A: No. The sale of zinc for pharmaceutical purposes represents an almost zero percent share of zinc sales by the zinc industry. Zinc Saves Kids is a social responsibility program and stems from the firm belief that zinc can save the lives of the most vulnerable of our society; children.

Q: Apart from this website, do you have any documntation on Zinc Saves Kids?
A: Yes. We have posters, pamphlets and technical literature. If you would like to obtain copies, please contact us at zincsaveskids@zinc.org.

Q: Can I find you on Facebook?
A: Yes, you can meet us on Facebook.

Q: Where can I find more information about zinc in general?
A: You can visit the website: www.zinc.org.

 

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