2017 Deworm the World Initiatives Milestones: What We've Achieved This Year
Parasitic worm infections disproportionately affect people living in poverty, especially those who are difficult to reach with mass drug administration. Evidence Action is committed to supporting innovations that enable treatment for all children at risk of worm infections regardless of their circumstances.Here’s a look at some targeted strategies implemented in Kenya to improve coverage of hard-to-reach children over the past year.
This year, our Dispensers for Safe Water program once more provided access to safe water for nearly 5 million individuals across Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. We estimate that this simple and low-cost innovation has prevented over 2.5 million cases of diarrhea in children and saved over 2,000 young lives to date.
In the last three years, Evidence Action Beta has grown and matured in significant ways.
Evidence Action is pleased to announce that GiveWell has recognized three of our programs this year: Deworm the World Initiative, No Lean Season, and Dispensers for Safe Water.
Evidence Action is pleased to introduce our new Chief Innovation Officer: Anne Healy.
Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative is proud to provide technical assistance to Thrive Networks and the Government of Vietnam as the government takes action towards keeping children healthy and in school by strengthening and improving school-based deworming. On November 6 and 7, over 700,000 primary school children across 3,000 schools in four provinces in northern Vietnam were targeted to receive a deworming tablet in their classroom. This is the third round of school-based deworming that Thrive Networks and Evidence Action have supported the Government of Vietnam to implement.
Last week, Evidence Action participated in USAID’s Global Innovation Week, 2017. The event brought together innovators from all sectors of international development and aid, from water and sanitation to agriculture to technology.
Testing of No Lean Season, an innovative intervention with the potential to improve millions of lives in low and middle income countries, is expanding to Indonesia.
Evidence Action has been working with the Government of India to prepare for the second round of National Deworming Day (NDD) for 2017, aimed at treating children in areas with high prevalence rates of parasitic worms. The Government of India conducted NDD on August 10. Three-hundred and ten million children across 34 states and UTs were targeted to receive a single deworming tablet from their teachers across schools and anganwadis in India.
Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative analyzes the cost per child treated in the geographies where we work to provide information on the real costs of deworming. Understanding how the costs per child change with scale and over time is vital for implementation purposes and as the global community and policymakers work to secure adequate resources for national deworming programs.
We know what works to deliver literacy among kids in low and middle incomes countries. The only question now is how do we act on this knowledge. At Evidence Action, we are putting this rigorous evidence to work through Winning Start—a project that aims to improve student literacy and numeracy outcomes by pairing post-university youth volunteers with remedial students.
Parasitic worms, or soil-transmitted helminths (STH), are among the most prevalent causes of illness among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations, especially children. Close to a quarter of the world’s population is infected with at least one species of STH, and globally an estimated 870 million children are at risk of a new infection
Today the world celebrates International Day of Charity, declared by the UN General Assembly in 2012. The UN’s agenda on sustainable development calls for the eradication of global poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework by which institutions, organizations, and individuals can give charitably for the betterment of our world. To honor your giving, we want to show why we value your contribution today and every other day.
Evidence Action is excited to share new progress about our work in India. We are now providing technical assistance to Karnataka state, partnering with the Government of Karnataka to strengthen the anganwadi and school-based mass deworming program.
To comprehensively determine the burden, intensity, and geographical distribution of STH in Pakistan and to inform an appropriate treatment strategy, Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative collaborated with Interactive Research and Development (IRD), the Indus Hospital, and the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) to conduct the first nationwide STH survey in Pakistan in late 2016.
We only implement programs that have been rigorously evaluated, that have proven and measurable impact, and that are cost-effective. We periodically review and assess the evidence base for our programs to ensure that we are aware of potential changes which may impact our assessment of the underlying strength of evidence for a program and to adapt our programs. The following is our current assessment of the evidence base for Dispensers for Safe Water.
No Lean Season, a program of nonprofit organization Evidence Action, today announced major support from the Global Innovation Fund. The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) is a London-headquartered investor in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. The total investment from GIF for the next two years is $2,571,210. The funds will be used to support the rigorous testing and expansion of No Lean Season in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Press Release: No Lean Season, a program of nonprofit organization Evidence Action that reduces seasonal poverty and hunger through small cash transfers for bus tickets, announces backing by Y Combinator and the launch of an ambitious drive to combat seasonal poverty.
Evidence Action’s Board today announced that Kanika Bahl will be its new CEO.