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East Norwalk, CT
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Dedicated to building bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities.

Mexico: Medical Care

mexico: more than just deworming

Our approach to eradicating parasitic intestinal worms is scientific, respectful & effective.


Scroll over the images to see each step of our multi-faceted approach to the eradication of parasitic hookworm in Oaxaca, Mexico:

The need: During our first visits to the regions of southern Oaxaca, we saw signs of widespread intestinal worm infection - distended abdomens, malnutrition, and lethargy. 

The need: During our first visits to the regions of southern Oaxaca, we saw signs of widespread intestinal worm infection - distended abdomens, malnutrition, and lethargy. 

Scale & scope: Our medical clinics now serve more than 3,000 people from remote mountain communities in southern Oaxaca, Mexico.

Scale & scope: Our medical clinics now serve more than 3,000 people from remote mountain communities in southern Oaxaca, Mexico.

Food aid: We offer our medical clinics in conjunction with our emergency food distribution program to maximize participation rates. Families receive monthly food staples, such as beans, rice, and cooking oil.

Food aid: We offer our medical clinics in conjunction with our emergency food distribution program to maximize participation rates. Families receive monthly food staples, such as beans, rice, and cooking oil.

Testing: Results from random and regular sampling of children, ages 2-12, scientifically demonstrates the effectiveness of our treatments.

Testing: Results from random and regular sampling of children, ages 2-12, scientifically demonstrates the effectiveness of our treatments.

Treatment & partnership: Mexican and American medical professionals work together to treat children and their families twice yearly.

Treatment & partnership: Mexican and American medical professionals work together to treat children and their families twice yearly.

Vitamin boost! Following treatment with name-brand albendazole, children are given chewable multivitamins to help with medicine absorption and overall wellness.

Vitamin boost! Following treatment with name-brand albendazole, children are given chewable multivitamins to help with medicine absorption and overall wellness.

Hand-washing: Providing proper hand-washing stations drastically reduces reinfection rates.

Hand-washing: Providing proper hand-washing stations drastically reduces reinfection rates.

our scientific and multi-faceted approach allows us to track results & acheive true eradication

Latrine construction: We've proven the source of infection in this region: direct contact with human waste. Basic pit latrines cost little to construct, yet are highly effective at preventing reinfection.

Latrine construction: We've proven the source of infection in this region: direct contact with human waste. Basic pit latrines cost little to construct, yet are highly effective at preventing reinfection.

Education: Instructional pamphlets, signage, and in-person consultations teach methods of prevention.

Education: Instructional pamphlets, signage, and in-person consultations teach methods of prevention.

Demographic collection: We collect demographic data that allows us to target communities most at risk for parasitic infection in order to provide the most effective, targeted course of action.

Demographic collection: We collect demographic data that allows us to target communities most at risk for parasitic infection in order to provide the most effective, targeted course of action.


proven successful: infection rate reduction

Working under the guidance of epidemiologist and Simply Smiles Board member Dr. Gil L'Italien as well as medical partners Nurse Bernarda Lopez Ordaz, Dr. Javier Coindreau, the Health Center at University of Connecticut, and EpiSource, we have worked to significantly reduce the infection rates in the region since 2013.


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Read the latest, on-the-ground insights from Simply Smiles staff, volunteers, and medical experts about our medical work in the region: