The Global State of Helminth Control and Elimination in Children

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Helminth infections, including soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis, remain one of the most common infections in the world with over 1 billion people infected. These infections cause significant morbidity, particularly in young children, that may last a lifetime, including growth and cognitive stunting. There is an urgent need for the control and elimination of helminth infections from areas of poverty to reduce morbidity in children. Mass drug administration programs were adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2001 and have evolved to provide coverage with multiple anthelmintic medications in a single rapid impact package and more extensive coverage within a community.




Weatherhead, J. E., Hotez, P. J., & Mejia, R. (2017, August 1). The Global State of Helminth Control and Elimination in Children. Pediatric Clinics of North America. W.B. Saunders.

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