Two billion people worldwide are affected by parasitic worms. These worms keep children’s bodies from absorbing the nutrients they need from the food they consume, affecting physical and intellectual development. In this interview, Karen Neiswender discusses the combination of interventions needed for children infected by worms: treatment, education and prevention.
Karen Neiswender provides technical support and training in the area of health to Food for the Hungry’s Child Development Program staff. She develops health education curricula for FH staff to use with school age children. Karen also collaborates with a Health Ministry Services Team to provide necessary support to other FH health programs. Previously, Karen served as a Hunger Corps missionary for over four years in Guatemala, working with children and their families at the community level. Karen’s professional background is in nursing and public health, focusing on maternal and child health.
Carolyn Wetzel shares a tool called the Care Group Model, which mobilizes community members in developing communities to share health information with one another. It’s a low-cost, highly effective, far-reaching way to save children’s lives. Carolyn also discusses the biblical truths communicated by the innate structure of care groups.