Aid Group Donates Parasite Pills to Mexican State

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The charity aid organization, Operation Blessing International, played a part in Mexico's annual National Health Week by donating 400,000 anti-parasite pills.

The pills will be used in the Mexican state of Veracruz to help vulnerable children in the most impoverished areas. With nearly 7 million people, Veracruz is the third most populated state in Mexico.

Sixty children were able to be treated at the week's kick-off event.

The governor publicly recognized Operation Blessing for their donation.

"Thank you for your generous and selfless cooperation," said Gov. Javier Ochoa to Scott Hill, OBI's national director for Mexico.

Operation Blessing began working alongside Mexico's Ministry of Health as part of OBI's global anti-parasite campaign two years ago. Each year, OBI's campaign helps millions of people through free medication and hands-on preventative training.

These initiatives are saving lives in Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of Africa. In Latin America alone, ministries of health estimate that 73.4 million school-aged children are infected with parasites.

These intestinal worms consume as much as 25 percent of the food that children eat, depriving their bodies of desperately needed nutrition. Parasites often lead to stunted growth and are one of the top causes of death in children under five.

"Children infested with parasites are always hungry, often sick, miss lots of school and suffer in terrible ways ranging from non-stop belly aches to stunted growth, chronic disease and muddled minds," OBI President Bill Horan explained. "With a pill costing less than a nickel and some very basic hygiene training, we can change all that."

Find out how you can help Operation Blessing International's medical endeavors to help people around the world.

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