We have two uses for the albendazole at this time.
1. We distribute it to children in our malnutrition program as well as to non-malnourished children that come in to our clinic with ‘stomach aches’ but no fevers. We have attached pictures of several children before and after treatment in our malnutrition program who also received the dewormer.
2. The second use is currently for a school where we also provide pre-packaged rice pack meals so the kids have a nutritious lunch at school. We dewormed all of the children in January and will repeat in 6 months. We intend to continue semi-annual deworming in the school. These are the children receiving the Albendazole.
This boy came to us in July 2014 with a rock hard very large abdomen. We sent him immediately to Hopital Bernard Mevs. He had a bowel obstruction with dead bowel due to worm infestation. About 80% of kids with this condition die in Haiti, but by the grace of God he is alive and doing well!
- Mickey McRoberts (Children’s Health Ministries)
I first came to Haiti with Project Hope a year before the earthquake and knew I would be back. After retiring from nursing, I looked for a place in Haiti to volunteer with and came across a young Haitian American's mission, Mission Starfish Haiti.
I landed in PAP only having met him via Facebook but with lots of trust and loved him immediately. Silenter had been adopted by a nurse at age 7 because he had an infection of the leg bone and been shunned by the local witch doctor because of the constant drainage and sickness. His adopted Father always told him" I may have taken you out of Haiti but I didn't take Haiti out of you" He went back to Gonaieves when he was 24 and now has a mission with about 230 children. Only 1/3 of the children are sponsored and he is struggling.
I learned many things during my first week there after holding 3 Medical Clinics with another nurse that came with me. The children are sweet sweet children. I have learned about Vit A deficiency and de worming. Shopped at their markets and walked the pathways of the village. As the name implies ONE person can make a difference....One Starfish at a time. My little girl that I now sponsor was afraid to look at me when I first can and screamed if I tried to hold her. The last time she happily sat on my lap. I was so excited.
The children are so hungry it broke my heart. We held a community dinner and left the gates to the school open ...the children came...Some so very young and by themselves. They were so hungry...We ran out of medicines at our clinic and went to pharmacies all around town but they had none of what we really needed. So many people needed de worming medicine and I had none. When I returned to the States I found International Action and they were able to supply me the medicine we needed. Thanks to them I was able to give everyone the medicine in January when I returned!!!
I am planning to return in April to Mission Starfish Haiti. Several things I have learned from my missions. One person CAN make a difference in the lives of so many. The people I have met in Haiti have been so sweet and caring. I plan to make many more trips to help build a much needed kitchen for the school and continue the medical clinics.
In the last couple of months we have made great progress in advancing our mission to de-worm Haiti. Much of Haiti’s population is infected with intestinal worms that can take almost 20% of a person’s daily nutritional intake. This is especially damaging to children who then suffer from malnutrition and even risk death, despite already struggling to be fed. We have long known that ridding Haiti’s people of intestinal worms is crucial in rebuilding the country. This is why we have advocated for better sanitation and worked to bring clean water to hundreds of communities. In addition to this, we are tackling this problem more heads on with the use of albendazole pills. Albendazole pills can kill intestinal worms in children and adults and are considered some of the most cost-effective ways to combat poverty and promoting health worldwide. The World Bank recommends giving de-worming pills to children in high-risk areas.
We have provided many communities with albendazole pills. Since this year we have been working with Mission Starfish to supply them with the necessary medicine. One nurse wrote a letter thanking us for our help. She had gone to many pharmacies around her town and it was not until she found International Action that she was able to receive the much needed de-worming pills for her children at the medical clinic. More recently, we partnered up with G.O.A.L.S. Haiti who work to rebuild Haiti through soccer. In March we helped them de-worm more than 400 kids in Haiti. Later in May we were able to provide them the albendazole pills for 115 children in Leogane, Haiti. Finally, this past month we helped 322 people, with more being dewormed soon.
It is our goal to help the people of Haiti in this simple and affordable way that makes such a significant difference. Just $50 will purchase 2,500 de-worming pills, which will protect 1,250 children from intestinal worms for one entire year. This initiative increases school attendance by reducing the prevalence of diarrheal disease in children
One of the most common afflictions affecting Haitians are intestinal worms that are acquired because of a lack of clean water and proper sanitation systems. Children are especially vulnerable to this. Some people may be familiar with seeing small children from developing countries with bloated bellies on their televisions. This is caused by intestinal worms that can take up to 20% of a child’s daily nutritional intake in their already malnourished diet. These worms also give children painful abdominal cramps and diarrhea that keep them at home and away from school. They don’t receive their proper education and perpetuates a cycle of poverty.
International Action has worked vigorously to fight this pattern and aid communities with both infected adults and children.
One tablet of Albendazole will rid the body of intestinal worms and prevent infection for up to six months. Together with our ongoing and expanding water sanitation projects, this medicine helps to ensure a healthy, productive, and thriving Haiti. Over the past five years we have been able to distribute almost 1.5 million tablets to Haitians that has contributed to countless of adults being able to go back to work and children going to school. In 2013 alone we were able to provide close to 300,000 pills to over a dozen schools, public facilities, and organizations.
In the last couple of months we have worked to distribute nearly 8,000 tablets to two local schools and various Haitian groups, such as the Haitian Technicians Union, that have realized the importance of ridding intestinal worms. Earlier this year we gave tablets to GOALS Haiti, a youth soccer program for kids in Haiti, who were able to deworm 401 children in Leogane. We also donated 1,000 albendazole pills to Mission Starfish, a group focused on the children of Haiti, who were struggling to find the much-needed medicine. One volunteer, Judith Knickerbocker, expressed her relief in an email:
“We ran out of medicines at our clinic…So many people needed de-worming medicine and I had none…. I found International Action and they were able to supply me with the medicine we needed. Thanks to them I was able to give everyone the medicine…!”
These cost-efficient pills are able to make a huge impact on peoples’ lives. We thank you for your continued support.
Haitians in the communities where we work, consider the Abendazole tablets that we distribute a blessing from heaven. After trying many different kinds of medication, they admit that only Abendazole healed their families. In an interview with Mrs. Hilda Esther, she throws her hands in the air and says, “Abendazole saved my family, it is a miracle working medicine!” Mrs. Hilda Esther lives with her husband and two daughters in Bon Repos, which is a town in Croix-des-Bouquets. Her eldest is 17 and her youngest is 5. They all have intestinal worms. She feels sorry for her daughters because children suffer the worst effects of intestinal worms. Especially her youngest daughter, Chistèle Laurenda Esther, who has a lack of appetite, wakes up from crying in the middle of the night, is always thirsty, and has terrible legions on her skin. Worst of all is that she misses a lot school and is falling behind. But since International Action started providing clean water and distributing Abendazole tablets in their neighborhood, the whole family is starting to feel healthier. Mrs. Hilda Esther is amazed at how fast the medicine works. She is very delighted that her husband can now stay in work and her daughter can attend school regularly. She thanks International Action for bringing the gift of medicine to her community and family.
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