IMA World Health Treats More Than 1 million Haitians in June Mass Drug Administration

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IMA World Health treated more than 1 million Haitians in June for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD). More than 4,000 community volunteers distributed medicines through schools, health clinics and other locations. The next phase of IMA's Haiti Mass Drug Distribution will occur in fall of 2010. By the end of 2011, IMA's program will have covered the entire country. To date, more than 5 million Haitians have received NTD medicine.

IMA World Health is committed to helping Haitians recover from this disaster and to provide health and other related services

IMA World Health (IMA), a specialist in providing essential healthcare services and medical supplies to people in need around the world, has completed the next phase of a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) to control and prevent Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) in Haiti. IMA leads the Haiti NTD Control Program, which is supported by the Haitian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

This phase of IMA’s Mass Drug Administration provided medicine in pill form to more than one million Haitians in June. IMA worked with the Haitian Ministries of Health and Education to set up hundreds of distribution points in the Northeast, West and South of Haiti. More than 4,000 community volunteers participated in the distribution of medicine.

Medicine distributed under the NTD program eliminates or controls two common diseases. Lymphatic Filariasis (commonly known as Elephantiasis) causes swelling of the limbs. The Lymphatic Filariasis medicine distributed by IMA eliminates the worms in the bloodstream that cause the swelling. Taking the medicines annually can prevent the disease, and can control the disease if already contracted. The same is true of the other targeted disease, a soil-transmitted type of intestinal parasite.

In April, IMA reactivated the MDA, suspended as a result of January’s devastating earthquake. The next phase of the MDA will take place in the fall of 2010. By the end of 2011, the program partners plan to achieve national coverage.

“IMA World Health is committed to helping Haitians recover from this disaster and to provide health and other related services,” said IMA President and CEO Rick Santos. “The Neglected Tropical Disease program is back on-track and, with the help of our partner agencies, we will do much more in the months to come.”

Donations are needed to support the relief efforts in Haiti. The public can donate to these efforts at http://www.imaworldhealth.org, or by calling IMA at 410/635-8720.

About IMA World Health
IMA World Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps provide essential healthcare services and medical supplies to people in need around the world. IMA operates primarily in developing nations to restore health, hope and dignity to those most in need. For more information, visit us at http://www.IMAWorldHealth.org or call 877-241-7952.

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