We continue to push towards a Haiti free of intestinal worms. In the upcoming weeks we will be donating albendazole pills to two international organizations and one local group. One dose of albendazole protects children and adults from intestinal worm infections for 6 months. Intestinal worms like Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura cause diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. In children, these symptoms are more than just a physical danger. Diarrhea is the main reason children miss school. If kids don't go to school they do not receive the necessary education to be successful later in life.
We are distributing albendazole tablets to a clinic in Ranquitte, Haiti. This clinic does all it can to not only treat, but prevent diseases, infections and parasites. They even work with the local schools to immunize students. We also will be donating 3,000 albendazole pills to Wings over Haiti, a group that focuses on providing children with language skills both in Kreyole and in French. The staff of Wings for Haiti realized how important it is for students to be rid of intestinal worms. Furthermore, we have received requests from the Haiti Health Initiative. They need albendazole pills to treat children in Tombe Gateau before they go back to school.
Health is such an essential aspect of life. With a healthy population, disasters such as the cholera epidemic are less likely to occur.
If you have any connections to a Haitian community that is struggling with intestinal worms or lacking clean water, please let us know.
Thank you very much for your support,
The International Action Team