About this Mission Project
Intestinal worms affect the poorest people living in tropical and subtropical developing countries like Nicaragua. Worms are a major cause of cognitive, intellectual and physical growth problems, and being infected with worms can lead to malnutrition and stunted growth.
Drs. David and Laura Parajon follow the World Health Organization’s global strategy to combat worm infection by treating children twice a year with worm medication.
Thanks to the dedication and love of Health Promoters like Arrelys Espinoza, and with the help of White Cross supplies, the Parajons’ deworming program is making a difference in keeping children healthy in rural Nicaragua.
Each treatment costs just 5 cents for a mint flavored, chewable tablet. $1 will treat a child for the year. $100 will treat 1,000 children.
Mission Project Specifics
In the next year, the project seeks to raise $10,000 to support the testing of children in rural areas for intestinal worms. This is part of a bigger project we have in primary health care to assure that all children are healthy and can be free of illness causing worms.
This project will help families to practice good hygiene, to be treated for parasites, and have clean water. The project will benefit 14,000 people in rural Nicaragua, and will be managed by Drs. David and Laura Parajon, MD, MPH, American Baptist Medical Missionaries.
Connect to this Mission Project
• Pray with Dr. David & Dr. Laura and their partners in the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education that we may have health and hope for all.
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Arrelys, a Health Promoter, helps with a hand washing activity to promote good hygiene during AMOS’ Parasite Prevalence Study. Health Promoters educate their communities on how to prevent parasite infection, give the children the worm medications, and the most common killers of children – diarrhea and pneumonia.