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.
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.
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.