Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children

 
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Mother holding baby while receiving medicine
Mother holding baby while receiving medicine

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.

Picture of medicine
Picture of medicine

We have identified over 200,000 children at clinics and schools in the areas we serve who desperately need albendazole (deworming medication) to rid and then protect them from intestinal worms. Since 2008 we have provided deworming medication to over 1.5 million children. Most of the kids we will help this year are in rural towns and villages. Below is our distribution plan for 2013.

 

Partners                                       Albendazole doses provided (deworming medication) 

Hopital Eben-Ezer                       10000.00

Klinik Sen Franswa                      7000.00

 HHF                                                25000.00

ASAD                                               5000.00

Samaritan’s Purse Clinics         167000.00

Daugther  of Wisdom                   25000.00

St Boniface                                     50000.00

NPFS                                               5000.00

Izai Jeanty                                       2000.00

FHED                                               2000.00

Hopital Espoir                                2000.00

                                    Total             200,000.00

 

Thank you for your continued support, it goes a long way. Just $1 protects 32 children from intestinal worms for an entire year. 

 

Best regards,

The International Action Team

I am Sonia, I live in Cité Soleil. I am 16. I took the albendazole deworming treatment, and it helped me. I could not eat a lot before but now I eat well; I am starting to gain weight too. Thank you so much International Action!

So many children like Sonia have benefitted from International Action's de-worming program. However, there are still hundreds of thousands of children that do not have access to alabendazole. This is unacceptable. Each albenazole pill rids a child of intestinal worms for six months. The pills only cost one cent. To rid the country of instestinal worms for a year it would only cost $200,000. That is such a small amount of money to eradicate an infection from a country. 

Over the next year, we will be working with eight different clinics in Cite Soleil, Petit Goave, and Leogane to rid 150,000 Haitian children of albendazole. That is 150,000 kids that will no longer refuse to eat because of stomach pains.150,000 kids that will not have to stay home from school because of diarrhea caused by the infection. 150,00 children that will finally be able to utilize all of the nutrients they consume.

This is an amazing project because it costs so little and does so much good. Please, continue to support our effort to rid Haiti of intestinal worms.

 

All the best,

The International Action Team

It is important to remember how vital child de-worming programs are in Haiti. Almost ever child in Haiti is suseptible to intestinal worms because of the unsanitary conditions that plague much of the country.

Once a child has been infected with worms they can suffer from stomach pain, coughing, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, swollen belly, blood in stools or urine, fatigue and listlessness. Chronic infections often times will stunt a child's physical development.

The potential harm to a child caused by worms goes beyond health. It has been proven that worms have an adverse effect on school attendance rates and on the amount of possible earnings that a child can make as an adult. In fact, regular treatment can reduce school absenteeism by 25% and increase adult earnings by over 20%.

Providing de-worming medication like albendazole to children with worms will improve their lives.

Below is information that details our albendazole distribution plan throughout the first quarter of 2013. We will also be administering vitamin A and multivitamins to thousands of children and pregnant/lactating women. You can find information about the importance of these supplements below as well.

 

Why Vitamin A?

 

Vitamin A is essential to immune function especially in children under five who are most vulnerable to common infections and diseases. Together with health advocates worldwide, distribution of vitamin A has helped reduce the estimated number of deaths in children under five from 16 million in 1970 to less than 8 million annually in 2010. 

A proven solution to VAD is at our fingertips. Vitamin A supplementation is simple, cost-effective, and together with zinc supplementation was ranked by a group of world-renowned economists as the top international priority for addressing the world's greatest global development challenges. Unlike other treatments, one high-dose vitamin A capsule can provide one child with sufficient vitamin A for six months. This alone can reduce under-five child mortality by about 24% in populations at risk of vitamin A deficiency. It can also help prevent and reverse one of the most severe effects of VAD, xerophthalmia, a disorder of the eye that can lead to permanent blindness.

 

Why Multivitamins?

 

Essential nutrients are a critical part of health, including physical and cognitive development. Children who suffer from vitamin deficiencies are unable to reach their full potential. Health, education, productivity and human achievement are compromised.

Over two billion people worldwide are deficient in essential nutrients. New and expecting mothers and children under five are the groups most vulnerable to vitamin deficiencies. Because they have a relatively greater need for vitamins and minerals, they are more adversely affected by those deficiencies, particularly of vitamin A, iron, iodine and zinc. Many lack more than one of these essential nutrients.

Multivitamins for children and pregnant and lactating women provide daily recommended amounts of key vitamins and minerals important for a range of functions essential to good health.

Example: Samaritan’s Purse requested multivitamins because they see many cases of anemia in children and pregnant and lactating women. This is caused by iron deficiency.

 

13 planned vitamin A. multivitamin, and albendazole distribution

 

In total we will be providing the following in the 2013:

  • 6,500 doses of 100,000 IU vitamin A for children 6-11 months (enough for 6,500 children)
  • 17,000 doses of 200,000 IU vitamin A for children 12-59 months (enough for 8,500 children)
  • 17,000 doses of 400mg Albendazole for children 12-59 months (enough for 8,500 children)
  • 5 288,000 doses of multivitamins for children under, enough for 780 children
  •  136,080 doses of multivitamins for pregnant and lactating women, enough for 373 women

 

We worked with partner non-governmental organizations in Haiti to disburse the vitamin A, multivitamins, and albendazole.  Information regarding the number of children each group will provide for is below:

Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Guidance – Located in Degand Carrefour

Number of children to be provided vitamin A: 3,000 children 6 months – 11 months old and 3,000 children 1-5 years old

Number of children to be provided albendazole: 600 children 1-5 years old

HaitiHelper Clinic in Ranquitte

Number of children to be provided vitamin A: 400 children 6 months – 11 months old and 600 children 1-5 years old

Number of children to be provided albendazole: 3,000 children 1-5 years old

Samaritan’s Purse – Provided vitamin A to Samaritan’s Purse ran clinics located in Petit Goave, Grand Goave, Leogane, and Cite Soleil.

Number of children to be provided vitamin A: 3,000 children 6 months – 11 months old and 5,000 children 1-5 years old

Number of children to be provided albendazole: 5,000 children 1-5 years old

Number of children to be provided multivitmains: 780 children 1-5 years old

Number of pregnant and lactating women to be provided multivitamins: 373 women

Nadine and Yosan
Nadine and Yosan

3,500 children in the communities of Ranquitte, Kenscoff, Leogane, Cavillion, and Coix-des-Bouquet are now protected from intestinal worms. It only took one month for all of these children to be reached with albendazole, a de-worming medication.

Many of these children had been struggling to stay in school because of the intense stomach cramps and chronic diarrhea that intestinal worms cause. One of the main reasons children miss school in Haiti is diarrhea caused by waterborne disease and intestinal worms. When children have diarrhea, their parents keep them home from school.

Innovations for Poverty Action released a study showing that school-based de-worming programs can generate an extra year of education for only $3.50 per student.  

Albendazole has enabled Abraham, the oldest child in the picture below, and his two siblings to fight off intestinal worms and return to school. They live in Ranquitte, a modest town in Northern Haiti. The people in this town have been dealing with water and sanitations issues for a long time. 

Nearly half of the children in Ranquitte had intestinal worms. Abraham had to stay home to help his parents watch his younger siblings because they had severe diarrhea caused by the intestinal worms. All three children were missing a significant amount of school.

Some friends of International Action, a group of nurses from Michigan, informed of us of these conditions. Brenda and her team of nurses were planning to visit Ranquitte in late September to provide the community with free access to healthcare. But they did not have any albendazole. International Action quickly provided the nurses with 1,000 albendazole pills.

900 children received doses in 2 days.

The benefits were seen and felt immediately. Children stopped having diarrhea and stomach aches. After four days, Abraham and his brother and sister were able to return to school. They have not missed a day of school since they received albendazole.

Many of the 3,500 Haitian children have a story like Abraham’s. This has been made possible by the albendazole that we have been able to provide them with your help.

Jodiel, Abraham, and Abigail are safe from worms
Jodiel, Abraham, and Abigail are safe from worms

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