Congratulations to Give Children A Choice’s Debbie Davis and Thongchanh Vilayvong, Vitamin Angels’ staff Austen Musso, Catarina Sales, and those behind the scene. 4 million tablets of daily multiple vitamins for preschoolers and pregnant/lactating mothers have found their destinations in Laos.

We reported recently that 2 million tablets were delivered to the Nong Het District Hospital on July 31st. Today (August 1st), the second 2 million tablets were delivered to the Khoun District Hospital, 125 kilometers from Nong Het. It’s a wonder how 18-wheeler rigs can carve their way through the mountainous roads with dozens and dozens of hairpin turns. It was a beautiful driving day, a blessing during the rainy season, where landslides and disappearing road sections are commonplace.

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The 4 million vitamins hopped into a 20-foot container and hitched a ride from Colorado, USA to California. The container was hoisted on a container ship to Haiphong, Vietnam. From Haiphong, the 18-wheeler drove the container to the Lao-Vietnam, Nam Kham border. Custom clearance was effortless (but with countless hours of preparation, documentation prep, government approvals to make it effortless).

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The Khoun District “vitamin box brigade” was ready for the vitamins’ arrival.

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The vitamins were transferred from the container to a smaller porter truck with special help (See picture). The hospital staff lined up and quickly transferred the vitamins to the Khoun District Hospital storage room.

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