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.
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.
The Initiative in Action
Health problems among Pakistan’s youth mean 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.
Why Mass Deworming?
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 childrenLearn More
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.Learn More