Intestinal parasites can consume up to 20 percent of a child’s nutritional intake every day. Affects of parasites include anemia, vitamin deficiencies, a weakened immune system, lethargy, and poor physical and cognitive growth. Similarly, vaccinations play an important role in preventing disease and illness in children. In most cases, ridding a child of parasitic worms, along with life-saving immunizations, can mean the difference between leading a healthy, productive life and death.
Our mobile clinics, home visits and in-school health programs provide children from infants to adolescents with much-needed access to basic healthcare. Some of the services we provide include physical exams, vision and hearing screening, de-worming medication, and treatment for anemia and malnutrition.
As part of an integrated approach child health and welfare, Project Medishare created the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program in Lahoye in 2008. Currently, Project Medishare provides 300 children with health and education services. We work with families to ensure that their children are enrolled in school, and we pay their annual school tuition. All of the children’s healthcare is also taken care of. Learn more.