This child will now be protected for a year!
International Action’s mission is to protect Haitian families from the devastating effects of waterborne illnesses. We accomplish this in three main ways: community-based water supply, a child-based deworming initiative, and mother and child-based vitamin deficiency prevention program. While our main focus continues to be increasing access to clean water for the most vulnerable children and families in Haiti, today, we are asking for your support for our de-worming.
We work with non-profits organizations and many local Haitian clinics to provide de-worming medication (Albendazole) and Vitamin A and multi-vitamins to children and mothers. These medications are critical components in bringing relief to many of the afflictions associated with unsanitary water (i.e. malnutrition, dehydration, and diarrhea). We have been leading this program since 2012 because women and children in Haiti need them.
We have just recently received the supplies and medicine needed to protect 175,000 children from intestinal worms. Now, we need your help to distribute and administer treatment at schools and clinics throughout West and Central Haiti. Already, we have put in place plans to help 60,000 children this summer. With your help, we will be protect 175,000 kids from intestinal worms.
Intestinal worms are the most common infection of children in Haiti (90% infected, World Health Organization). Many of these children come from impoverished families. Intestinal worms cause children to have diarrhea and severe stomach aches, often leading to inflated school absenteeism rates. To make matters worse, intestinal worms can take away up to 20% of a child’s daily nutritional intake. The way to treat and protect children from intestinal worms is through the administration of a tablet called Albendazole. It only costs 2 US Cents to provide the amount of Albendazole necessary to treat and then protect a child in Haiti from intestinal worm infections for an entire year. Through public health-led studies it has been shown that de-worming programs similar to ours reduces school absenteeism by 25%. This improvement in school attendance has improved the adult wage earnings of these children enrolled in the program by 23% -- a tremendous long-term benefit to the children themselves and their future families. We have provided 56 Haitian schools with Albendazole ourselves and work with Planting Peace, Samaritan’s Purse and AmeriCares to provide clinics and hospitals with everyday access to the de-worming medication so we can prevent children from becoming sick with intestinal worms in the future. This past year we treated and protected 150,000 children from intestinal worms. This year, we plan to help 175,000 children.
Please, support us in protecting thousands of children in Haiti from intestinal worms and chronic diarrhea so that the kids in Haiti can grow to their full potential.