China%2bgets%2bparasite%2bfree - China gets parasite-free...

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China gets parasite-free Posted: December 20, 2007 By: John Patrick HUNAN, China – For children like Nie Min, something as simple as eating lunch can prove dangerous. The 7-year-old lives in Ningyuan, an impoverished county in Hunan Province near the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. Nie’s father, a migrant worker, struggles to support six family members on an annual income of less than $100 US. “He has a big family, and their life is very hard,” said Kara Waddell, a representative with Operation Blessing China. Such poverty can lead to serious health problems. Each year, more than 300,000 people in Ningyuan contract intestinal parasites from unwashed food and poor hygiene. Unfortunately, children like Nie are usually the ones hardest-hit. “Ningyuan needs strong support to improve the health standard of the local people,” Waddell said. In response to the problem, Operation Blessing recently launched an anti-parasite project for the county’s school children. Over the next three years, more than 36,000 students in
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