National campaign against soil-transmitted helminthiases conducted in Tajikistan

A large-scale deworming campaign was carried out in Tajikistan on 12–22 May 2015 with support from WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the health and education ministries.

A total of 1 533 000 children aged 5–14 years were treated using albendazole, provided in 2014 by the WHO/GlaxoSmithKline donation programme. The campaign was conducted in pre-school institutions and schools to reduce the morbidity due to soil-transmitted helminthiases and to protect the health of the population.

According to WHO, more than 2 billion people worldwide are infected with different helminthiases. Climatic factors and hygienic conditions are closely linked with the spread of these infections. A survey conducted in 2011 revealed that nearly 50% of children in Tajikistan are infected with soil-transmitted helminthiases.

In 2014, the WHO/GlaxoSmithKline donation programme donated 2.8 million tablets of albendazole.