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Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children

by International Action
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Help De-worm and Nourish Haiti's Children
Women giving pill
Women giving pill

At International Action, we are a hands-on organization.  We are in the field working side-by-side with local community leaders to ensure a continued relationship of good will exists between IA and the people of the area.  This friendly and effective relationship has been life changing for both sides while bringing clean water and smiles to many.       

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.

We teamed up primarilay with Haiti Clinic and Children's Health Ministries (CHM) who we have been working with as in country partners to distribute albendazole deworming pills for the past couple of years.

Haiti Clinic operates two main clinics in Baoica and Cite Soleil, both are staffed with Haitian staff who care for patients during the week.  They conduct as many as 6-9 remote clinic trips to areas without access to care. They return to those areas a minimum of twice a year to provide albendazole in addition to primary care. The clinic tracks the dispensing of albendazole for patients in their medical chart. Many of their patients return for follow up for other health issues by noting their last dose of Ablendaloze on their chart helps to ensure they receive there next pill when its due. The clinic has two deworming days at the clinic per year. The community health agents encourage patients in the nearby communities to visit the clinic for the medication. Education on intestinal parasites is also provided on a regular basis so the community can understand why this medication is so important especially for children. 

Haiti Clinic is very thankful of the partnership with International Action and the donation of Albendazole without it they would not be able to help the number of patients we do. 

And in turn we are thankful of your donations that enables us to contine our deworming program!

Screening Clinic
Screening Clinic
Bottles
Bottles
This child will now be protected for a year!
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. 

 

De-Worming Campaign

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.

Best,

Zach Brehmer

Clinic Pic
Clinic Pic

Thanks to your support we continue to partner with groups on the ground that help facilitate medical missions.

This past December, Children’s Health Ministries continued to dispense the Albendazole and Vitamin A that they received from International Action in 2015.They have begun tracking their numbers better and are now treating 80 - 90 children weekly with Albendazole and 80 - 90 children with Vitamin A in their regular clinics. They also held a three day series of screening clinics in the mountains of Carrefour and treated approximately 326 children with Albendazole and 358 children with Vitamin A. 

We are so appreciative of your continued support and allowing us to provide these medications to the children of Haiti.

Thank you!

Bwadjout Kids 2
Bwadjout Kids 2
Bwadjout School Kids 3
Bwadjout School Kids 3

Our ongoing partnership with Goals Haiti has allowed them to de-worm 528 kids in 5 villages last month!

GOALS use soccer to engage youth in community work and education to improve quality of life today and develop new leaders for tomorrow

GOALS works with kids and communities in Haiti to improve their quality of life and empower them to make long-term changes. Programs include local teams, health education, and scholarships. They promote sport, health, nutrition, sanitation, gender equality and education.  For more information, please visit their website, www.goalshaiti.org.

We currently have a new shipment of Albendazole pills arriving in Haiti within the next couple of months and we plan on continuing supplying NGOs like GOALS with deworming pills.

International Action is proud to partner with organizations like these that are helping Haiti in a big way. If you know of any groups or organizations that are need of deworming medication please email us at forms@haitiwater.org or fill out a request form at http://haitiwater.org/get-help/albendazole-request-for

Marquise is all smiles!
Marquise is all smiles!
Coach Elbrane lines up his boys team for deworming
Coach Elbrane lines up his boys team for deworming
Albendazole can help save lives
Albendazole can help save lives

Reports from the field..

...Here is one additional picture that you might like to see (picture 1). Brisley 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! ...Anonymous

Dear International Action,

We were very pleased last April to get the Albendazole pills from your organization. We have been distributing them at our clinic in Northern Haiti. When the government Health Agent for our area visited our clinic in late March, he was able to distribute to them to the children and mothers who came for their immunizations. He treated 75 pregnant mothers and children. We have a monthly immunization clinic where we check the children and pregnant women and give them vitamin A, shots and family planning information. We give them worm pills when we have them, too if they need them. 
 
We have facilitated  getting 6 wells drilled in this area.  However, there needs to be much education about sanitation. We encounter so many children with ascaris, tape worms, and hook worms.  These pills are so necessary to help keep the people in our area healthy. We really appreciated your help in assisting us to get them. As we work together, we can save lives

(Anonymous)

Dear International Action

See below for a couple pictures from our Spring 2015 trip.  Our clinic was housed in a new facility that was recently built and you can see the triage and pharmacy operations in the first picture.  Our process for administering albendazole follows a protocol that ensures that patient within the applicable age range automatically receive albendazole and Vitamin A treatment.  These medications are administered onsite, typically in the triage section of the clinic.  During this trip, we treated 222 individuals with albendazole and vitamin A. 

The second picture represents the gratitude of the residents of Timo for the services we provide and the generous donations we receive.

Thanks, 

Anon

...In the attached photo (picture 4), you might be interested to know that the second child, Evelore, actually coughed up a 3” white worm in our clinic! Your contribution is making a high difference for the children in Haiti!  ...Anonymous
First picture: clinic
First picture: clinic
Second picture: thank you!
Second picture: thank you!
Eve: coughed up a worm!
Eve: coughed up a worm!
Screening clinic
Screening clinic
Waiting for the screening clinic...!
Waiting for the screening clinic...!
 

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Zach Brehmer
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Zach Brehmer
Washington, DC United States

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