Tajikistan wages war on worms


A campaign to treat people infected by worms was launched in Tajikistan and drew to a close at the end of September. Reaching some 4 578 000 people including pre-school and school age children and women of reproductive age (17–49 years), the campaign aimed to reduce morbidity caused by soil transmitted helminthiases and protect the health of the population.

A joint venture

WHO joined forces with the Ministries of Health and Education of Tajikistan to launch the campaign, which was supported by the Rostropovich – Vishnevskaya  Foundation. The WHO GlaxoSmithKline donation programme donated 4.6 million tablets of Abendazol to treat the helminthiasis infection, which affects more than two billion people worldwide, according to WHO estimates.

The climate and hygiene conditions of Tajikistan are closely linked with the spread of these infections. A survey conducted in 2011 revealed that nearly 50% of children are infected with soil-transmitted helminthiases across the country.