Parasitic worms harm children's health and development and limit their participation in school.
Over 600 million school-age children are at risk of infection with parasitic worms (soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomes) across the globe. These infections are chronic and widespread, damaging children’s health and development and limiting their participation at school. Worms can cause anemia, malnourishment, and impairment of mental and physical development, and children, who suffer thehighest intensity of worm infections, experience the greatest morbidity.
Over the near-term, children with worm infections are often too sick or tired to concentrate at school, or to attend school at all. They may also experience impaired cognitive function and short-term memory. Over the long-term, those children persistently infected have been shown to have significantly lower literacy and earnings as adults.
Millions of affected children remain untreated each year. It is estimated that fewer than 15% of at-risk children are receiving treatment, which is far below the 75% target set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reach by 2010.
Deworm the World
Deworm the World is an initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action. DtW brings together governments and partner organizations around the world committed to improving children’s health and education by massively expanding national and statewide deworming programs.
Donations for deworming go far. School-based deworming has proven impact on children's health, cognitive abilities and school attendance. Through advocating for sustainable government action, this initiative has helped reach over 37 million children through massive scale-up including 17 million school-age children in Bihar, India, and is targeting additional children in Delhi, India, Nigeria, and Liberia.