Intestinal worms

WHO convenes experts to sustain progress against soil-transmitted helminthiases and schistosomiasis

25 November 2016 | Geneva –– An important meeting aimed at accelerating efforts towards achieving coverage of 75% of the world’s preschool-aged and school-aged children treated for intestinal parasitic worms and schistosomes (bilharzia) gets underway on Monday 28 November 2016.
Discussions will include finding ways to encourage the production of medicines; ensure their availability to meet growing demand; future plans to reach adult populations; and, the development of an appropriate methodology to verify interruption of transmission. Read the full article

Egypt’s deworming campaign targets 2 million school-age children

©N. Barhein. Deworming campaign in Egypt, 2016

6 June 2016 | Cairo −− The first national deworming campaign for soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Egypt has reached an estimated 2 million school-age children.

The campaign, led by the Endemic Diseases Department at the Ministry of Health and Population, in collaboration with the WHO Country Office in Egypt, mostly targeted children of around 6 years of age in the first grade of primary school.

World’s largest deworming campaign targets 270 million children in one day

10 February 2016 | Geneva | New Delhi −− An estimated 270 million children across India have today received deworming medicine (albendazole) as part of the government’s drive to eliminate intestinal parasitic infections – a widespread problem that affects children’s development.

Nearly 900 000 people, including teachers, school principals and health workers, participated in today’s National Deworming Day. During a similar campaign in 2015, 89 million children were treated.

Deworming campaign improves child health, school attendance in Rwanda

Students listening intently at their professor
© C. Yeow. Deworming campaign in Rwanda 2014

15 July 2015 | Geneva -- Christophe Harerimana, a school teacher for more than 20 years in Rwanda, became worried in recent years. Many of his students were coming to class ill and were having trouble concentrating.

“The children were having abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea. This made it difficult for them to follow the lessons,” says Harerimana, who teaches science and Kinyarwanda, the local language of his village, in the Musanze District.

Number of deworming tablets for school age children requested for 2016.
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