New sweet potato could help combat blindness in AfricaBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7264.786 (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:786
- Claire Wallerstein
A new variety of sweet potato selected by scientists in Peru could help to prevent millions of cases of blindness and disease among children in Africa.
A simple deficiency of vitamin A is the leading cause of childhood blindness in developing countries, where around 251million children are vitamin A deficient, 10 million have xerophthalmia, or “dry eye,” 500000 are irreversibly blinded, and three million die of vitamin A deficiency-related illnesses.
The new bright orange sweet potato, known as …