Reference is made to a recent story in your October 10, 2009 issue entitled “Deworming campaign commended,”. We would like to correct an error that was made.
The article mentioned that “The Access Project ensured availability of vaccines at all sites” during the Integrated Measles Campaign that ended on 12th October 2009. We would like to clarify that, as part of support toward this campaign, The Access Project contributed de-worming drugs, specifically, Mebendazole, Albendazole and Prazinquantel.
The Ministry of Health administered Praziquantel tablets to 5 - 16 year old children in six Schistomiasis endemic districts namely Rutsiro, Nyamasheke, Gakenke, Gicumbi, Nyagatare and Ngoma. Children of 12-59 months were also de-wormed nationwide using Mebendazole tablets and Albenzadole for children of 5 - 16 years.
Other interventions in this campaign included immunization against polio and measles for children under 5 years, distribution of vitamin A tablets, iron supplements and water treatment solution (Sur Eau) to pregnant women. Breastfeeding mothers were also given vitamin A, Mebendazole and Sur Eau.
The Rwandan Ministry of Health organized the campaign in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, The Access Project, USAID, the Global Fund, the World Food Program, PSI and the Rwandan Red Cross.
The Access Project