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Reaching the Poorest Children: Engaging Private School in India's National Deworming Day

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Reaching the Poorest Children: Engaging Private School in India's National Deworming Day

The Government of India held National Deworming Day 2016 on February 10, deworming 179 million children in 1.8 million preschools and schools. Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative is the technical assistance provider to the Government of India, and is also working closely with seven state governments to implement National Deworming Day. 

To increase the number of children dewormed this year, we wanted to bring private schools into the fold of this government-led program that especially target poorer children. And we did: for the first time, 170,000 private schools dewormed their pupils across the country.

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National Deworming Day India - A Successful Partnership Between the Government of India and Evidence Action

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National Deworming Day India - A Successful Partnership Between the Government of India and Evidence Action

Earlier this year, India held the largest public health event conducted in one day: The country dewormed 179 million children in almost all states and Union territories, according to the government’s latest figure. Deworming took place in 810,000 government schools, 800,000 preschools (anganwadi centers) and, for the first time, in 170,000 private schools. School-based deworming leverages anganwadi workers and teachers to deliver safe, simple treatment for parasitic worms. 

Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative is the principal technical assistance provider to the Government of India’s National Deworming Day and our team was instrumental in making it happen. 

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Worms Win, Kids Lose? Our Statement.

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Worms Win, Kids Lose? Our Statement.

The case for mass school-based deworming in endemic countries stands on two legs: First, the body of rigorous evidence that supports mass deworming as a cost-effective intervention. Second, mass treatment without first testing for infection is cheap, safe, and an efficient strategy for reaching lots of kids quickly. Claims in a recent paper by Calum Davey and colleagues and the Cochrane Review by members of the same research group that have been picked up in the press are based on flawed analysis, and could threaten an emerging public health success story.

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A colorful launch yet again in Delhi

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A colorful launch yet again in Delhi

It was a colorful launch yet again for the second annual mass school-based deworming in Delhi schools by the former Health Minister of the Government of Delhi, Dr. A.K. Walia, and senior government officials. The event was enlivened by the presence of many schoolchildren...

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