Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 02:54
In addition to the other program components, the following are important for implementing a school-based deworming program:
- School-based deworming should be carried out by the two teachers per school that attended the teacher training session. These teachers can also train their colleagues to help in the school-based deworming activities if there are many children to be dewormed in a school. Representatives from the Parent Teacher Association or School Management Committee should also be invited to attend.
- The target groups for school-based deworming include school-age children from 6 to15 years, since the prevalence and the intensity of worm infection are typically highest in this age group. Preschool-age children can also be dewormed.
- Children will require food and clean water with the medication. Either the school should provide this or children should be requested to bring some food from home.
- In case the two types of worms (STH and schistosomes) co-exist in the same area, both treatments should be carried out at once. On average, each child will need 1 tablet of either albendazole (400mg) or mebendazole (500mg) for STH, and 2 to 5 tablets of praziquantel (600mg) for schistosomiasis.
- School-based deworming should be carried out openly and systematically with the names of all children treated recorded and all supplied reporting and monitoring forms completed.