Health
 Haiti
Project #8349

Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children

by International Action
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Summary

International Action is providing Albendazole de-worming pills to children in Haiti. In 2014 we distributed 300,000 pills and recently delivered 800,000 more to our office in Haiti. In 2014, we expanded this project to include vitamin supplements and in 2015, we hope to expand further to include much-needed medicines. There are still many more in need. With your help, we will protect an additional 500,000 children from intestinal worms, enabling them to attend school and live healthy lives.
$7,678
total goal
$5,566
remaining
47
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

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.

Solution

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.

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.haitiwater.org
Our Blog
Our Youtube Channel
World Bank info on de-worming
Website for the book, "More than Good Intentions"

Organization Information

International Action

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.haitiwater.org
Project Leader:
Zach Brehmer
Washington, DC United States

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