For just pennies per treatment, deworming pills administered through school programs can improve health and increase attendance.
School-based deworming is a safe, simple and cost-effective solution. With more schools than clinics, and more teachers than health workers, the existing and extensive education infrastructure provides the most efficient way to reach the highest number of school-age children. With support from the local health system, teachers can administer treatment to large numbers of school-age children with minimal training.
Regular deworming contributes to good health and nutrition for school-age children, which in turn leads to increased enrollment and attendance, reduced class repetition, and increased educational attainment. The most disadvantaged children often suffer the most from poor health and malnutrition, and stand the most to gain from deworming.
In pursuit of Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals, Ministries of Education and other development partners have now made deworming an education policy priority. The overwhelming effects of school-based deworming are a crucial step towards achieving universal global education.
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.