School-Based Deworming Programs: Giving Children Important Lessons for Bright Future
Submitted by franko on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 19:00
Mar 8, 2012 | Save One
Recently, the World Health Organization adjusted its figures to better quantify how much of the world’s population is affected by three types of parasites – roundworm, hookworm and whipworms – known collectively as soil-transmitted helminths (STH).
The new number is disconcerting. More than 800 million children on the planet are at risk of infection, and, included in those at greatest risk are school-age children (age 6 to 15) – 600 million of them – whose lives could be changed forever if not treated.
The good news is there are cost-efficient ways to treat large numbers of children, and we know exactly how to do it.
In this news piece from Save One, Director of Children Without Worms Kim Koporc, writes about talks about the importance of deworming days which she describes as, "a wonder to behold", reflecting on her attendance of a recent deworming day in Chung Ruk, Cambodia, for a program that serves as a best practice model on how to administer medication and teach the behavior changes needed to end the cycle of infection – proving that it is possible to deworm the school-age population of an entire country and prevent children from recurring STH infections.