In a single health campaign this June and July, 2900 orphaned and vulnerable children were successfully treated for worms in South Africa.
Hands at Work is expanding to reach 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children by 2010 with at least 3 services: Food Security, Education, and Basic Health.
Basic Health is an enormous category encompassing activities from wound care to rebuilding roofs on houses. But de-worming is a backbone Basic Health activity. It's not a sexy topic, and few of us understand the suffering of millions of African children with bellies full of worms. The following article should shed some light on the issue.
Read a personal account of one of the day's events
Jean Aimee Gifford, a volunteer with Hands at Work and nurse from the US: At the End of the Day