“I used to cry a lot and could see my mother crying, too. I was very scared.”
12-year old Diane used to suffer from stomach aches with intense nausea and diarrhea. She was always tired. She couldn’t play with her friends or help with any of the housework like fetching water or collecting firewood. During this time her parents didn’t have enough money to take Diane to a health facility.
There is a ripple effect in poverty that can be caused by just one hardship. Diane missed school when she was sick, impacting her future education. She was unable to play with her friends and grow relationships with her peers. She was unable to participate in some of the necessary housework, creating more strain on the rest of the family. Diane’s parents felt powerless because they were unable to afford the medicine their daughter needed to be healthy.
A simple pill fixed Diane’s illness. She suffered from intestinal worms, likely caused by drinking unclean water. Intestinal worms rob children of vital nutrients that keep them healthy.
Did You Know?
- Providing school-aged children with deworming medicine can decrease the disease within an entire community by about 70%.
- Girls who are healthy and go on to secondary school are less vulnerable to violence. They are also more likely to get married later and have healthier children.
- Boys who are dewormed as children grow up to have better jobs as adults and contribute to a higher family income.
Through FH’s partnership with the Ministry of Health, FH was able to provide communities (like Diane’s) deworming medication as well as training on sanitation and hygiene.
How is Diane doing now?
“She can eat everything we give her,” Diane’s mother Clemence, says with a smile. Through a Cascade Group, Clemence was able to learn proper hygiene practices and implement them within her family. Because of these new practices and the deworming medicine, their family gradually become healthier and healthier. Finally, Diane is able to attend school regularly and play games with her friends and classmates. Diane hopes to stay healthy and study well in school until she completes university.
Diane’s response? She wants to help others as she was helped and treat people as she was treated.
With just a simple pill, entire communities change.
Help provide people like Diane the medicine they need to live healthy lives. Other communities need your help with the shipping costs of the medicine so they can, too, live healthy lives.
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