What are Worms?
Two billion people world-wide are affected by Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) and Schistosomes (here referred to collectively as “worms”) and these infections account for over 40 percent of the worldwide burden of all tropical diseases, excluding malaria. While most infections are chronic and non-life threatening, 300 million of those infected suffer severe illness, and over 150,000 die annually. STHs are small parasitic worms that live in the intestines depriving children of essential nutrients leaving them malnourished and tired. Schistosomes live in the urinary and intestinal tracts and can cause organ damage and internal bleeding.
Children in low and middle income countries are particularly vulnerable. Worm infections cause health problems that both impair physical and mental development and limit attendance and performance in school, hampering a child’s development. If left untreated, infected children will contribute less to the economic development of their community as adults.
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.