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.
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.
We’ve supported India’s National Deworming Day for the last ~4 years, but monitoring a program of such magnitude isn't easy. Our data collection has had to evolve with scale in order to continually support cost-effectiveness and maximize efficiency.