The Vitamin Project
Many of the children in rural El Salvador live in poverty. Even those who do get enough to eat are often infected with intestinal parasites, which rob them of essential micro-nutrients. La Mora Health Clinic has been piloting a Vitamin Project in some of the villages outside Suchitoto. Underweight children are identified and put on a regimen of vitamins and anti-parasitic medicine. The family is also given education on how to prevent parasite re-infestation in the home.
The Vitamin Project has been a great success. The enrolled children are gaining weight and height. They are also stronger - they recover much faster from everyday illnesses than they did before. The parents, the children, the community and the doctors are all very happy with the results.