Only 3% of poor, rural Chinese students go to college (compared to 50% in large cities). Less than 25% go to high school. REAP's work finds 34% of poor, rural children to be anemic (and have poor nutrition). 10% are nearsighted (and do not have glasses). 40% in many areas have intestinal worm infections (and do not receive deworming tablets). These nutrition and health problems have been shown in China and internationally to hold children back by greatly diminishing their academic performance.
REAP will provide health checkups, nutrition training, multivitamins, eyeglasses, deworming medicine to students in need in 24 primary schools. REAP will measure before and after health/education levels and compare to other schools to show impacts.
We will demonstrably lift the health & education levels among 5000 poor, rural elementary students. Based on state of the art health/educational testing, we will brief policymakers on what works and advocate broad scale up of these low cost solutions