The Case for Mass Treatment of Intestinal Helminths in Endemic Areas

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Abstract

Two articles published earlier this year in the International Journal of Epidemiology [1,2] have re-ignited the debate over the World Health Organization’s long-held recommendation of mass-treatment of intestinal helminths in endemic areas. In this note, we discuss the content and relevance of these articles to the policy debate, and review the broader research literature on the educational and economic impacts of deworming. We conclude that existing evidence still indicates that mass deworming is a cost-effective health investment for governments in low-income countries where worm infections are widespread.

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Hicks, J. H., Kremer, M., & Miguel, E. (2015). The Case for Mass Treatment of Intestinal Helminths in Endemic Areas. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(10), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004214

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