DEWORMING

The power to kill parasites.
Parasitic worms in children can lead to malnutrition. Deworming children allows them to absorb the critical nutrients needed to be and stay healthy.

Deworming children improves their health.

Even small parasitic worms can cause pain, discomfort, and illness. Children infected by worms are at risk of malnutrition, even though symptoms are not always visible.

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Fatigue and lethargy.

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Increased susceptibility to illness and disease.

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Inability to properly absorb vitamins.

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Children infected by worms often do not exhibit visible signs or symptoms.

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Abdominal pain and distention.

How it works
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    To kill parasitic worms, children receive a deworming tablet, like albendazole, twice a year.

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    Children expel worms through the nose, mouth, or via stools - often as early as the next day.

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    Once children are free of parasitic worms, their bodies can better absorb vitamin A and other available nutrients.


Worms threaten 266 million children worldwide.

Getting dirty is part of childhood. But for children in developing countries, playing in the dirt can put them at risk of contracting parasitic worms.

Many children walk around barefoot, because shoes are unaffordable or impractical. But worms live in the soil where they run and play.

Soil is more likely to become contaminated by worm eggs or larvae in areas that lack sanitation or are populated by animals.

Unclean hands, tools, or food are vehicles for parasites to easily travel from contaminated soil to the mouths of children.

Children who are the most vulnerable to intestinal worms are often missed by government deworming programs.

Did You Know?

Worms are also classified as a Neglected Tropical Disease (or NTD), which prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions. Intestinal worms may also be referred to as Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH).

Did You Know?

Vitamin Angels is a founding member of the STH Coalition, a consortium of implementers, funders, experts and supporters working together to eliminate worms in children.

Did You Know?

Improvements to sanitation and hygiene are important long-term efforts to help stop the transfer of intestinal worms. Along with deworming children, Vitamin Angels’ field partners may provide educational materials to improve sanitation and hygiene.

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Our work supports UN Sustainable Development Goals. Vitamin A and deworming tablets, given to at-risk children >5, fights immediate risks of illness or death (Goal #3) those lacking regular access to healthy foods face (Goal #2), and helps build children's foundations for long-term success (Goal #1).

Deworming children helps to combat malnutrition

By stealing the nutrients a child ingests, worms increase the risk of malnutrition. Deworming children with albendazole allows them to better absorb nutrients, combating malnutrition and symptoms like illness and stunted development.

Double the Impact
Double the Impact

We pair vitamin A and deworming tablets for a greater impact. Talk about teamwork!

Improving Absorption
Improving Absorption

Deworming children increases their ability to absorb vitamin A.

Global Reach
Global Reach

We're reaching 27 million children globally with deworming tablets.

“There are children in these communities who were brought in and were anemic and didn’t look good at all, and recovered really well with something as simple as an albendazole tablet and some vitamins.” Ben LaBrot, Floating Doctors, Panama (Field Partner)
*According to the World Health Organization, "Over 270 million preschool-age children and over 600 million school-age children live in areas where these parasites are intensively transmitted, and are in need of treatment and preventive interventions." Vitamin Angels serves children 12 to 59 months of age.

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