International Action is providing Albendazole de-worming pills to children in Haiti. In 2009-13 we distributed 1.5 million pills and recently delivered 300,000 more to our office in Haiti. Nevertheless, there are many more children in Haiti that need de-worming medication. With your help, we will protect an additional 500,000 children from intestinal worms in the coming years.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Intestinal worms can take away up to 20% of a child's daily nutritional intake. In Haiti many children are already malnourished and cannot afford such losses. These worms cause children to suffer with abdominal cramps and diarrhea, keeping them out of school. There are currently millions of Haitians suffering from worms.
How will this project solve this problem?
A single dose of de-worming medication will rid a child of intestinal worms such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and others. Once the worms are gone, the pill will protect the child for an additional four months after. The pills also prevent the spread of worms in a community. All this is at a cost of a mere fraction of a penny to produce each pill.
Potential Long Term Impact
De-worming programs have been so effective that they are listed among the recommended approaches to combating poverty in Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel's widely acclaimed, new book, "More Than Good Intentions." They cite studies that have shown that de-worming programs can generate an extra year of education for only $3.50 per student. The next most cost effective program, uniform give-aways, costs $100 to achieve the same goal.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,866
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,812
Total Funding Goal: $7,678