JEREMIE, Haiti – A small pill is making a big impact in one of the world’s most impoverished countries.
This week, Operation Blessing launched their first-ever anti-parasite initiative in Haiti with a distribution of pills in the city of Jeremie, capital of the Grand Anse department.
During the one-day event, OBI teams, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and volunteers from local churches, distributed pills to children in schools and orphanages across the city.
A Haitian representative from President Clinton’s UN Envoy office was also there assisting with the distribution efforts.
The event comes on the heels of a recent anti-parasite distribution in the Ivory Coast in Africa in October. Earlier this year, OBI also kicked off their annual program in Mexico, working in conjunction with the Mexican Ministry of Health to distribute anti-parasite medication to vulnerable children.
Intestinal worms pose serious health problems and are one of the top ten causes of death in children under five.
Lack of proper hygiene makes the population susceptible to infestation, which can also occur through walking barefoot in infested soil, eating unwashed food, and exposure to animal and human waste.
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