Thursday 8 February 2018

AP De-worming Day schedule on 12/2/18 and Guidelines , Rc.2081

AP De-worming Day schedule on 12/2/18 and Guidelines , Rc.2081

Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are among the most common infections worldwide and affect the poorest and most deprived communities. They are transmitted by eggs present in human faeces which in turn contaminate soil in areas where sanitation is poor.

Several studies show the detrimental effects of soil-transmitted helminths on children's educational performance and school attendance. Children with the highest intensity of STH infestation are often too sick or too tired to concentrate at school or attend school at all. STHs interfere with nutrient uptake in children; can lead to anaemia, malnourishment and impaired mental and physical development. Rigorous research has shown that they also pose a serious threat to children's education, and productivity later in life.

In areas where parasitic worms are endemic, administering safe, effective deworming drugs to children at schools is a development “best buy” due to its impact on educational and economic outcomes and low cost . The evidence shows that mass deworming leads to significant improvement in outcomes related to education, career choice, earnings and long-term well-being

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