A Journey With Vitamin Angels – Part 1
Our Emerson Ecologics’ team members live and breathe our mission to enable patient health and wellness. Each day they show an intense commitment to our products and services, our integrative health practitioners, and most of all to our communities. This week we profile Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, ND Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, and her journey to Ethiopia with Vitamin Angels, as she helps bring lifesaving vitamins to women and children in need. Follow her journey here and via #BeanEEAngel.
By Jaclyn Chasse, ND, Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
This has been an incredible trip so far. There are so many stories about how multivitamins have helped children and each makes me realize just how much malnutrition exists. The food sources are so non-nutritive that for most children, their body senses famine and their appetite goes away. These young children refuse food and nursing, but the mothers report, that once the children start the multivitamin, they finally have an appetiteand begin to eat.
We saw children who were both on multivitamins and those who were not – there was a visible difference. Those without the supplemented nutrition were sallow and had no energy, while those on the multivitamins were typical, playful kids. Incredible!
The Vitamin Angels nonprofit partner in Africa operates five clinics on an annual budget of $650,000 to cover staff, supplies, and transportation of clients to and from the clinic from surrounding towns. They serve over 100,000 people per year providing medical care, nutrition support (food), shoes, education, and training on how to breed and fatten sheep for income. An amazing use of resources! Proud to know that our support is going a long way here in Ethiopia!