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 on the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute for Economics’ website on March 30, 2022. You can read it here. Evidence Action has been operating our Dispensers for Safe Water

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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 figures reported by our government partners. In 2020 this dropped to 177 million due to the impact of the pandemic on school-based deworming programs. Though programs are now back on

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Meet Maryann Edeh – Manager, Deworm the World Initiative South West Zone, Nigeria

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 children. The program, led by the State Ministries of Health and Education, as well as the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), focused on 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs) within

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Deworm the World: Real-World Application of Cost per Child Data for Decision Making

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 that ensures that the impacts are measurable and the costs are weighed relative to the benefits delivered.  To achieve this goal of cost-effectiveness, we regularly evaluate program cost data. In

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Rapidly Training Over One Million Frontline Workers for Deworming During COVID-19 in India

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 still in place and are due to be lifted by November 16, 2021. To prevent the interruption of India’s National Deworming Day (NDD) program, which normally is delivered in schools,

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Deworming During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Updates From Our Country Programs

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 has remained active across every country where we operate. Our teams are continually adapting our support to governments to ensure that deworming can continue to reach at-risk children—and with immense

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Meet Intizar Ahmed – Manager, Deworm the World Initiative, Pakistan

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 problem, in 2016 we supported the Government of Pakistan to conduct its first nationwide STH prevalence survey. The data showed that approximately 17 million school-age children in 45 at-risk districts

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The Transformative Leadership of Women in Our Dispensers for Safe Water Program

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 Dispensers for Safe Water program provides access to safe water to more than 4 million people—a vital service that every year prevents hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea-inducing waterborne

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Pakistan Is Leading the Way in Establishing Domestic Financing for Deworming Programs

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) by 2030, including schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (STH), which we help governments treat under our Deworm the World Initiative. To achieve these global targets, the WHO established three core pillars, one

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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 of school-based deworming, and how new research is informing policy decisions affecting millions of lives. The virtual conversation was hosted by the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago

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