Deworming: a best buy for development
Submitted by charlotte on Mon, 04/02/2012 - 20:00
Apr 2, 2012 | Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
J-Poverty Action Lab recently released its March Bulletin on why deworming is a best buy for development. Based on lessons from a series of studies evaluating the Primary School Deworming Project (PSDP) in Western Kenya from 1998 - 2001, the bulletin presents evaluations and results from the Kenyan project.
"These studies form one of the first long term evaluations of a health and education intervention in a developing country. The verdict from this body of evidence is clear: deworming treatment is not only highly effective and inexpensive, it is easy to administer through public schools and brings benefits to children years after treatment, with hundreds of millions of children still at risk of worm infection worldwide, providing free school-based deworming treatment is an easy policy “win” for health, education, and development."