Day 16
One worm treatment for a schoolchild in Ecuador

Control worms - save lifes

Medical treatment of schoolchildren in the Andes

In countries such as Germany, worm infections are rather rare, although even in this country children are still most frequently affected. A good health care system makes it possible to treat and eliminate worms quickly. But especially in tropical countries, where medical care is not as effective as in Germany, worms are not uncommon among children. This is also the case in the Andes of Ecuador. People in the mountains usually live spread out in small villages and the way to the next health clinic is often very long. This often means that children are not treated and worm infections lead to severe malnutrition, which has a negative effect on the development and education of the children. The aim of this good deed is to rid children of the worms living in their intestines and to prevent them from spreading.

Necessity

 

Medical treatment of children in the Andes of Ecuador

Activity

 

Health care and medicine for treating worm infections in children.

Countable effort

After around 12 months

Number of treatments of children infected with worms.

Result

After around 3 years

Improvements in the children’s health and reduction of the related malnutrition.

Systemic effect

After around 7 years

Reduction of the infection rate and the number of cases of worms in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Background

It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide are affected by intestinal worms (WHO, 2019). These are transmitted via contact with human faeces. The risk of infection is particularly high in tropical areas such as Ecuador and in regions without well-functioning sanitation. A study of Ecuador's rural areas showed that about 30 per cent of all children were infected with intestinal worms (Cartelle Gastal, 2015). Of these, about half suffered from malnutrition as a result. Further consequences could be anaemia, iron deficiency and abnormal growth. Worm infections thus have an extreme impact on child development, especially in tropical countries. In addition to drug therapy, better prevention through better sanitary conditions is needed to combat this situation. Another problem is that many people in the Andean regions live far away from medical centres. Getting there is therefore often associated with high costs.

The good deed

Your donation supports a mobile clinic that will provide free basic medical care to the communities of the Andes. The main focus is on the treatment of children, elderly and poor patients. In Ecuador, these groups in particular have difficulty accessing state health care because most medical centres are located in the cities. Every calendar donation today finances a dose of deworming for a child in Ecuador with the aim of reducing the infection rate in these communities. In this way, fewer people in general will suffer from worm infections and this will have a long-term positive effect on the nutritional and educational situation of these children.

About Ecuador

Quito

Capital

16,600,000

Number of inhabitants

10,347

Gross domestic product per capita per year

Placed 86 of 189

Human Development Index

Ecuador is home to a great variety of this world’s ecosystems within one country: ranging from the Amazon via the Andean highlands and the Pacific coast to the Galapagos Islands.