Press Release: Government of Pakistan Launches Deworm Islamabad Initiative
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Press Release: Government of Pakistan Launches Deworm Islamabad Initiative

The Government of Pakistan has initiated the “Deworm Islamabad Initiative,” targeting 570,000 children aged 5-15 in Islamabad who are at risk of infection with intestinal worms. Trained school teachers administered free-of-cost deworming medicine (mebendazole), which is universally recognized as a safe and cost-effective treatment.

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School-based Deworming: A Low-Cost Intervention Achieving High-Impact Benefits
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School-based Deworming: A Low-Cost Intervention Achieving High-Impact Benefits

There is a difference between a low-cost program and a cost-effective program. Implementing a low-cost program is not sufficient - we want to ensure that the impacts of the program are measurable and that the benefits outweigh the costs - this is what makes a program truly cost-effective. Putting these two parts of the equation - costs and benefits - together, we can estimate the value for money of our program.  

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On shared learning, partnerships, and capacity building: reflections from the NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference
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On shared learning, partnerships, and capacity building: reflections from the NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect people living in poverty, some of whom may be difficult to reach through traditional mass drug administration (MDA). We have attended the NTD NGO Network (NNN) conference for the past several years to share lessons from our work, and learn from our colleagues and partners in the NTD space. In September of this year, members of our global deworming team again participated in the conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and convened a workshop titled Increasing inclusion of hard-to-reach groups using lessons and strategies from within and outside the NTD community.

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