De-worming campaign in Tajikistan launched

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

The initial phase of Tajikistan’s first countrywide de-worming campaign began on 16 April 2012, and will continue until 27 April. Nearly 50% of children in Tajikistan have parasitic worms (helminths) according to a 2011 survey.

Preschool and school-aged children as well as women of reproductive age (17–49 years) are the target of the campaign, with treatment taking place in people’s homes, preschool institutions and schools. Established with support from the Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Foundation, the campaign will be conducted in two phases, the second phase taking place on 17–28 September 2012.

At the campaign launch, held in School No. 20 in Dushanbe, Dr Azamjon Mirzoev, Deputy Minister of Health underlined the close link between climate change and the spread of diseases such as helminthiasis. The children attending the school received treatment following the launch.

About helminthiasis

According to WHO, over 2 billion people worldwide are infected with parasitic worms. Helminthiasis is the most common and widespread disease in Tajikistan. At present about 25-30 species of parasites are a danger to human beings in the country.