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November 28, 2011

Did You Know? Human Health Initiatives by CARES

One of the most important programs carried out by Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety is also one of our least heralded programs.  We work with the Peruvian Ministry of Health to distribute Albendazole, a broad spectrum anti-parasitic medication, to the human population in the remote areas we serve.


During our years of providing veterinary care to remote and poor areas, we discovered that domestic animals were riddled with parasites.  Albendazole is effective against roundworms, tapeworms among many other variety of worm infestations.


Since we started this program we have treated over 25,000 humans for parasites.  This is especially important in areas where children are infested with worms that rob them of gaining nutrients from their food.  


Studies demonstrate that where animal health improves, so does public health.  Amazon CARES takes this a step further by distributing anti-parasitic medicines during our veterinary trips, thus preventing further cross infection of parasites between humans and domestic animals.