Last week Antelope Park medical volunteers helped to treat 10,000 Gweru-based children as part of a national deworming campaign. They joined nurses from the local Mkoba 4 Polyclinic to assist in the nationwide programme, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe. Each day the nurses and volunteers would visit pre-schools, primary and secondary schools to treat children up to the age of 15.
As part of the programme, volunteers needed to ensure that all children had eaten a protein-based snack before commencing the deworming treatment, and so they also helped to make thousands of peanut butter sandwiches and boiled eggs for the kids during the week.
Once children had completed their snack, the chewable worming medication was distributed, and washed down some with orange juice. The campaign was a great success and the nurses greatly appreciated the extra sets of helping hands that the volunteers provided.