Evidence Action (Deworm the World Initiative)

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Deworm the World Initiative helps governments launch, scale, and sustain school-based deworming programs—freeing children from worm infection, improving their health, and enabling them to attend school more regularly.

Over 868 million children globally are at risk of contracting parasitic worm infections. If left untreated, infections can lead to anemia, malnourishment, and impaired mental and physical development, ultimately affecting children’s educational outcomes and income as adults.

They help governments deliver deworming treatments to where children are easiest to reach: at schools. Once or twice a year, teachers—with support from the health system—give the treatment to their students. Children who are not enrolled in school are also eligible to receive the medication.

With this model, Evidence Action has achieved unparalleled impact at a lower cost than virtually any other organization conducting deworming programs. Today, they support governments to reach over 280 million children annually— one-third of all at-risk children globally—at an average cost of less than $0.50 per child per treatment, and as low as $0.05 in India.