Help Prevent Zika in Nicaragua
About this Mission Project
For most people, the Zika virus causes only a low-grade fever, a headache and redness in the eyes. Some people don’t show any symptoms at all. But if a pregnant woman contracts Zika, her baby has a one in three chance of developing birth defects like microcephaly (having a small head due to an underdeveloped brain).
Most people in Nicaragua do not have screens, air conditioning or access to bug repellant to prevent mosquito bites. AMOS plans to educate 25,000 people in poor urban areas in how to prevent the spread of Zika, especially to unborn babies.
- $50 provides prevention training for 23 people.
- $100 provides five community volunteer leaders with educational materials.
- $250 helps prevent one baby from being born with a neurological birth defect like microcephaly.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $10,500 to help prevent the spread of the Zika virus among 25,000 vulnerable people in rural Nicaraguan communities.
This project will be managed by Drs. Laura and David Parajón and their staff at AMOS Health and Hope in Nicaragua.
It is anticipated that this project will prevent hundreds of babies from being born with microcephaly and other neurological birth defects caused by Zika.
Connect to this Mission Project
- Please pray with Drs. Laura and David Parajón that AMOS will be able to act in time to prevent many babies and their families from suffering because of Zika. Also pray for comfort for the pregnant women who are worried about their unborn babies.
- Your donations make this mission project possible.
- To donate by check, write Nicaragua/Zika Virus on the memo line and mail to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.
- Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.
- For more information, contact Chris Marziale.
Karen, who lives in the community of Chiquilistagua, is four months pregnant. She is worried that if she and her neighbors do not act quickly to clean up mosquito breeding grounds, her baby could be infected with Zika and be at risk for a range of devastating birth defects.