Treating children for intestinal worms today for a healthier, brighter future

What is the Pakistan Deworming Initiative?

The Pakistan Deworming Initiative (PDI) provides school-aged children, from 5 to 14 years, with deworming treatment at schools, to control intestinal worm infections, across at-risk districts in the country.

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What Are Intestinal Worms?

Intestinal worm infections – or soil-transmitted helminths (STH) infections – affect children’s health, leading to anemia, malnourishment, and issues with mental and physical development. Worm infections spread quickly in areas with poor sanitation and low hygiene practices.

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The Initiative in Action

Health problems among Pakistan’s youth means children are less likely to attend school. To help children follow their educational aspirations and dreams for the future, PDI is targeting to deworm 17 million at-risk children across the 45 districts of Pakistan.

17 Million

Annual Targets for Deworming

3 Million

Children Dewormed To-Date (2019 – 2020)


Total At-risk Districts

abc STH prevalence over 20%

abc STH prevalence under 20%

Why Mass Deworming?

Delivered through trusted sources

The existing educational infrastructure and a network of teachers who are trusted and can be trained easily are leveraged to deliver treatments.

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Safe & effective treatment

Mebendazole tablets have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) as an extremely safe and effective treatment, that is available free of charge to all school-aged children

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Long-term impact for a brighter future

Rigorous evidence shows that mass deworming not only has a positive impact on children’s education and health, but also on their economic standing as adults.

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News & Event


Deworming at school

Dr. Nazir Mahmood
Deworming campaign to help overcome malnutrition, anaemia.
School-based Deworming Program launched in ICT.
Mass Deworming Campaign Under Way In Karachi.


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