Treatment with a simple pill is universally recognized as a safe and simple solution. Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative focuses on treatment delivered through existing school infrastructure.  This is highly cost-effective and accepted well by communities, and able to reach hundreds of millions of children.

Rigorous evidence shows that school-based deworming programs can improve health and education outcomes for children at a cost of less than $0.50 per year.


In November 2016, GiveWell named the Deworm the World Initiative at Evidence Action one of its top-rated charities for a fourth year in a row, stating that it is recommended as "a program with a strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness."

 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT lists mass school-based deworming as a “best buy" in both education and health. Similarly, the Copenhagen Consensus recommends treating children when they are in school, citing research that notes that "in countries where many people are infected, the benefits of deworming can be up to 60 times higher than the costs."