Evidence Action Welcomes New Rigorous Meta Analysis Showing Benefits of  Mass Deworming for Children
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Evidence Action Welcomes New Rigorous Meta Analysis Showing Benefits of Mass Deworming for Children

Today, Evidence Action welcomes the release of a new study that shows that mass deworming of children has a significant positive effect on child weight and is highly cost effective, with a weight gain per dollar 35 times greater than school feeding programs.

This study strongly refutes findings from a previous critique of mass deworming of children in developing countries with high levels of parasitic worms, a Cochrane meta analysis by Taylor-Robinson et al (2015.) that questioned the long-standing World Health Organization (WHO) policy supporting mass deworming.

The new research, “Does Mass Deworming Affect Child Nutrition?: Meta-analysis, Cost-Effectiveness, and Statistical Power” was authored by Kevin Croke, Joan Hamory Hicks, Eric Hsu, Michael Kremer, and Edward Miguel.

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What is the Cost of Deworming? A 2016 Update.
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What is the Cost of Deworming? A 2016 Update.

Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative calculates what it costs to deworm a child in the countries where we work. We refer to this as ‘cost per child’ - a number you see in a lot of the literature on the topic. We calculated that cost in detail in 2014 but it’s time to update these numbers. Here is the current cost analysis. 

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