Evidence Action recognizes that schools are an important platform for influencing the health and well-being of students, families, and the whole community. We align with
We’re doubling the size of Dispensers for Safe Water, reaching millions more people and saving the lives of young children
For many years, Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water program has provided over 4 million people in rural Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi with free and
Emerging Evidence Suggests Water Treatment Is Even More Impactful and Cost-Effective in Averting Child Mortality
Update: The meta-analysis from Michael Kremer, Stephen Luby, Ricardo Maertens, Brandon Tan, and Witold Więcek mentioned in this blog, was published as a working paper
Reductions in Total Deworming Treatment Figures Represent Progress Toward Deworm the World’s Goal: Here’s Why
In 2019, our Deworm the World Initiative supported treatment of over 280 million children—around one-quarter of the total at-risk child population globally—according to the treatment
In May 2021, we provided technical assistance to the Lagos State government to conduct its first state-wide school-based deworming campaign, targeting approximately 1.3 million school-age
We have written before about how Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative strives not only to be a low-cost program, but also a cost-effective program—one
Due to the risk of COVID-19, in most states the Government of India mandated the closure of schools and preschools from March 2020—closures which are
In the past few months, despite continued school closures, disruption to global supply chains, and new waves of COVID-19 infections, our Deworm the World Initiative
Pakistan is estimated to be among the ten most affected countries by soil-transmitted helminths (STH), a parasitic worm infection. To understand the magnitude of the
Our community-elected volunteers are a testament to the importance of women leadership in water Across more than 27,000 communities in Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi, our
In early 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new roadmap that sets global targets to prevent, control, eliminate, or eradicate 20 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
The Economic Impacts of Deworming: A Conversation Between Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel, and Kanika Bahl
In this video, our CEO Kanika Bahl discusses with Nobel laureate Michael Kremer and Edward Miguel the extraordinarily high and sustained social and economic returns
For almost a decade, Evidence Action has generated and sold carbon credits to finance our Dispensers for Safe Water program, working with both the CDM and a voluntary carbon offset standard known as the Gold Standard for the Global Goals.
This March, our Deworm the World Initiative helped the Kenyan government restart their school-based deworming program, which had been interrupted by COVID-19. It was an extraordinary feat that compressed 2 months of planning and coordination into 3 weeks.
An open, innovative approach to the challenge of connecting policymakers to the evidence they need for decision making: the case of deworming in low- and middle-income countries.
In November of last year we announced our new Maternal Syphilis program in Liberia. We have since made significant steps towards program launch, signing a five year Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health of Liberia and hiring Emilie Efronson, an experienced public health practitioner, as country manager. We talked with Emilie about her new role and what she expects to achieve.
Chrispin Owaga spent nearly half of his childhood in Nyalenda, one of the biggest slums of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. As our senior manager of Deworming in Kenya, he’s now fulfilling his lifelong aspiration to address the challenges he faced as a child.
Approximately one million pregnant women around the world are infected with active syphilis, a disease that can cause severe problems for both mother and child. We are working with the government of Liberia to nationally scale-up dual HIV/syphilis rapid testing —which will leverage the country’s existing HIV infrastructure—to detect and treat the disease before it causes complications to the child.
Earlier this month, Evidence Action helped organize a symposium presenting the key drivers of India’s National Deworming Day success, and lessons learned, to inform other deworming programs, and the future direction of the program, with a technical focus on the government’s approach to prevalence surveying.
Safe Water and Hand Hygiene in Rural Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi: Our COVID-19 Response Through the Lens of Global Handwashing Day
When Global Handwashing Day was introduced 12 years ago, hand hygiene wasn’t a feature in everyday conversation. COVID-19 has changed this. Now, messages on the importance of handwashing are mainstream, and yet, for those living in extreme poverty, significant barriers to handwashing remain. In line with our commitment to ‘thinking big and acting urgently’, we pivoted to address these barriers in the communities we serve.
India closed its schools early in 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This decision, though necessary, meant that the country’s National Deworming Day was no longer viable. However, in recognition of the importance of continued deworming, we assisted the Government of India to rapidly adjust delivery to a community-based model, where the medication is delivered straight to children’s homes.
To support our goal of doubling our impact by 2024, we have now created a Programs department to tie together our flagship programs and our monitoring and evaluation capabilities. We are pleased to announce that Brett Sedgewick will assume the new role of Senior Director, Programs.
When the Government of Kenya closed schools and implemented social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, one of our flagship programs – the Deworm the World Initiative – had to rapidly adapt to the new conditions on the ground.
A landmark study offers new evidence of the long-term benefits of school-based deworming. As an organization that supports deworming for hundreds of millions of children each year, this study further proves the efficacy of our work.
The Indian state of Rajasthan asked for our assistance in identifying elderly members of the community who were immunocompromised, had preexisting conditions, or presented any other factors that increased their risk of contracting COVID-19.
In response to COVID-19, we’re now ‘thinking big’ and ‘acting urgently’ to do more. Since early April, we’ve delivered 1,600 tons of soap for handwashing, 360,000 liters of chlorine for disinfecting, and hygiene education to help over 4 million people protect themselves against COVID-19. More deliveries will take place over the next few weeks.
In India, Evidence Action supports national and state governments to deliver high-impact, cost-effective health interventions at scale. Due to India’s lockdown measures, which include large-scale school closures, school-based programs are unlikely to resume in the near-term. We are therefore working to determine how best to support the rapid recovery of these programs once schools reopen, while simultaneously leveraging the capacity of our team in India to assist our government partners in managing COVID-related challenges.
A Methodological Assessment: Understanding the Prevalence and Intensity of Soil-Transmitted Helminths in India
Evidence Action has supported the Government of India’s National Deworming Day program since 2015. Our technical support includes the periodic assessment of worm burden, to help determine treatment strategy. We recently conducted an assessment to inform the best and most cost-effective approach for these surveys, which is the topic of this blog.