29 September 2017 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes recommendations for large-scale deworming to improve children’s health and nutrition.
WHO has long promoted large-scale treatment for intestinal worms, but this is the first evidence-based guideline confirming that deworming decreases and prevents the intensity (severity) of infection and improves the health and nutrient uptake of children.
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
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.
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.
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