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Uganda : ICRC treats children for worms

15-08-2006 News Release 06/49

Some 60,000 children living in more than 10 camps for internally displaced people in northern Uganda’s Kitgum and Pader districts are benefiting from a two-week-long deworming campaign currently being carried out by the ICRC.

" Given the living conditions of the children in the camps, deworming is a health measure that is particularly suited to counter stunting, anaemia and reduced absorption of micronutrients, " said Dr Luca Falqui, an ICRC medical coordinator.

Children between 1 and 14 years of age receive a single oral dose of Albendazole, a medication used to treat worm infestation. Children in this age group are especially vulnerable to worms, and in the camps for the displaced they are particularly exposed to them owing to the poor sanitation and hygiene.

The ICRC provides medicines, medical supplies and training for medical workers in seven hospitals and 16 primary health-care centres in northern Uganda. In addition, community workers in camps benefiting from ICRC medical assistance receive regular training in the treatment of common ailments.

The ICRC is currently providing health care, water, sanitation and supplies for some 700,000 people in 65 camps for displaced people in the Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts. The organization resumed its activities in northern Uganda in 2004 and currently has over 200 employees in the country.

  For more information, please contact:
  Graziella Leite Piccolo, ICRC Kampala, tel: +256 772 221 994 or +256 41 341 605/6;
  Henry Ochieng, ICRC Kampala, tel: +256 772 501 436 or +256 41 341 605/6;
  Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2271 or +41 79 217 3217