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Distributing micro nutrients and de worming medicine in hurricane-ravaged Honduras

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Hurricane Mitch struck north- western Honduras with devastating effects in 1998, setting back the remarkable progress that the country had been making in ad- dressing their problems of health care, education and poverty. Honduras now faces daunting issues as it attempts to address serious health conditions such as malnutrition, child mortality, dengue fever, respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS and rapid population growth. Malnutrition, coupled with infestations of parasites, is a serious problem for children. Unfortunately, micronutrient deficiencies are found at high levels in the north and west rural regions of Honduras and were made worse by the hurricane and its aftermath. While it is widely understood that vitamin A and other micro- nutrient deficiencies are a major cause of disease and blindness among children, parasites are also a leading cause of diseases among children and adults in the world today. Worms consume macro- and micronutrients in the gut before children can absorb them, and hence impair children’s growth and developement. This can lead to physical stunting, learning problems, illness and death. Deworming these children is essential for their health and well-being and is an essential component of a micronutrient campaign.

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Year 2006
Authors Howard Schiffer
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/GFWE4584
DOI Number 10.52439/GFWE4584
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