A multivitamin-infused chewing gum to combat malnutrition and poor oral healthcare in refugee populations


Challenge area

Economic inclusion and poverty alleviation, Social inclusion, diversity and accessibility

VitaGUM is a multivitamin-infused chewing gum that combats malnutrition and poor oral healthcare in refugee populations. Refugees mainly live off food packs that are calorie-rich that aim to reduce hunger but are severely lacking in essential vitamins such as vitamin C and iron. This leads to a high percentage of vitamin deficiencies and diseases, including anaemia, amongst refugees, and this is exacerbated by their poor oral health which makes eating painful. VitaGUM is an innovative solution which delivers both nutrition and oral healthcare to refugees, with its vitamin formula tailored specifically to the diet of refugees and antimicrobial properties for cleaning teeth