Tajikistan initiates national deworming campaign

A deworming campaign targeting 1 580 000 children aged 5–14 years was carried out in Tajikistan 15–20 September 2014 with WHO support and in collaboration with the ministries of health and social protection, and education. The campaign conducted in schools aimed to reduce morbidity due to soil-transmitted helminth infections. A second deworming round is planned for spring 2015.

Soil-transmitted helminths, commonly known as intestinal worms, are the most common parasitic infections worldwide, affecting 2 billion people in the most deprived communities. These infections produce a wide range of symptoms that may affect people’s working and learning capacities and impair physical and intellectual growth and development.Climatic factors and hygienic conditions are closely linked with the spread of these infections. A survey conducted in 2011 revealed that nearly 50% of the children in Tajikistan are infected.

2.8 million deworming tablets (Abendazole) have been donated to Tajikistan for this year by the WHO/GlaxoSmithKline donation programme.