The case for mass school-based deworming in endemic countries stands on two legs: First, the body of rigorous evidence that supports mass deworming as a cost-effective intervention. Second, mass treatment without first testing for infection is cheap, safe, and an efficient strategy for reaching lots of kids quickly. Claims in a recent paper by Calum Davey and colleagues and the Cochrane Review by members of the same research group that have been picked up in the press are based on flawed analysis, and could threaten an emerging public health success story.
Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative calculates what it costs to deworm a child in the countries that we work in. You might have seen the ‘cost per child per year’ to treat for parasitic worms cited in our materials and that of others.
So how do we calculate that cost? In the spirit of transparency (and in hopes of clearing up any misconceptions about how we determine our supported deworming programs’ cost per child), let’s talk costing! Here is how we calculate the cost per child/per year for deworming.
It was a colorful launch yet again for the second annual mass school-based deworming in Delhi schools by the former Health Minister of the Government of Delhi, Dr. A.K. Walia, and senior government officials. The event was enlivened by the presence of many schoolchildren...