In the past 12 years, Bangladesh has reduced rates of intestinal worm infections in children by almost 80 percent. A new video shows how Children Without Worms’ partnership with the government of Bangladesh contributed to this result through disease surveillance and targeted health campaigns at schools and in communities.
Intestinal worms (also known as soil-transmitted helminths) primarily affect young children, stunting their growth and development. Poor sanitation and infrastructure such as open sewage exposes people to these infections through contaminated soil. The strategies to prevent and treat intestinal worm infections include periodic treatment with deworming medicines, adequate sanitation, and health education. Watch to learn how this partnership has helped address this public health problem.