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What Does it Take to Treat Millions of Kids? Partners, Speed, and A Willingness to Learn

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What Does it Take to Treat Millions of Kids? Partners, Speed, and A Willingness to Learn

What does it take to become a global leader in tackling debilitating parasitic worms in children?  Speed and willingness to learn from other countries who have already done it.

This is the story of Ethiopia where in January of this year, the Federal Ministry of Health announced a national school-based deworming program that will treat over 80% of at-risk children for parasitic worms (namely, soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis) by 2020. In the course of the next five years, the Ministry of Health will collaborate with teachers and health extension workers to distribute over 100 million worm treatments to at-risk children in all corners of this vast country.

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