The Evidence for School-based Deworming
Submitted by grace on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 08:34
School-based deworming has been identified by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT as one of the most cost-effective ways to increase school participation of any approach rigorously tested. A group of Nobel Laureates and other economists at the Copenhagen Consensus Center have also identified school-based deworming as one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to the global challenges facing us today.
The benefits of school-based deworming are immediate and enduring. It has been proven to reduce school absenteeism by 25%, and with the low cost of treatment, regular school-based deworming can lead to an additional year of attendance for only $3.50.
School-based deworming also leads to higher income and literacy as these children grow to adults. Children regularly dewormed are shown to earn over 20% more and work 12% more hours as adults, while those who remain persistently infected are 13% less likely to be literate.
The effects of school-based deworming are not limited to just those children who receive treatment. It also positively impacts their siblings and other children who live nearby. Children who were less than one year old at the time of school-based deworming in their communities are shown to have large cognitive improvements equivalent to half a year of schooling.
Deworming has been highlighted in several studies as having significant, positive impacts on children’s health, cognitive function and education achievement as well as adult earnings. For more information on the impact and cost-effectiveness of deworming, we recommend the following key documents: