MSH Partners with Feed the Children and Other Partners to Support Haitian Ministry of Health National Deworming Program
With a goal of reaching up to 700,000 children under 15, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is joining efforts with several partners to support the Haitian Ministry of Health, which launches a deworming program at the start of every school year. In health sites and schools near sites supported by MSH’s USAID-funded, Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haiti (SDSH) project, service providers will administer an initial dose of mebendazole to children to be followed four to six months later by a second dose. Thanks to a donation from partners Feed the Children and Deworm the World, mebendazole tablets will be delivered to clients free of charge.
MSH will be integrating the deworming campaign with nutrition and clean water programs in 146 sites in 10 geographical areas where SDSH is already working. In conjunction with the Ministry of Health, MSH and Feed the Children/Foundation Hands of Love will use the campaign to widely spread information through radio and other media about the importance of deworming and the effects of parasitic infection on the health and cognitive development of children and youth.
By participating in the deworming campaign, MSH aims to reinforce the SDSH project’s efforts to include deworming as a routine intervention at the health facility and community levels. MSH runs a nutrition component in most of its sites and deworming treatment is fully integrated in the nutrition management protocol. Community health agents will serve as links between health facilities and nearby schools, ensuring delivery of mebendazole tablets as well as training of school officials and teaching staff.
The deworming campaign was launched at MSH/Haiti on August 27, via a press conference attended by MSH and partners including the World Food Program, UN Haiti representation; Feed the Children/Foundation Hands of Love; Développement des Activités de Santé en Haiti (DASH); and Mouvement d’Intégration pour la Promotion Sociale. Other partners in the deworming effort include Batey Relief International, Visitation Hospital Foundation, and Hosean Ministries. Deworm the World through Feed the Children International is the main donor with over 2 million mebendazole tablets already donated to the Haiti Feed the Children branch.