Sep 2014 – Sep 2020

India National Deworming Programme

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Country

India – South Asia

To support the Government of India to, by 2020, successfully implement an evidence-based, nationally-mandated deworming programme that reaches at least 75% of children.

$17,743,521 Multi-Year Grant Value

Partners

India has the greatest number of children with soil-transmitted helminths infections in the world - more than 220 million. This means India accounts for over one quarter of the world's infected children.

More than one quarter of all the children in the world with worm infections live in India

India National Deworming Day (August 2016)

This programme will make targeted investments in up to eight Indian states, so they can conduct high-quality, cost-effective, school-based deworming programmes to reach 75% of children. 

This work will spread awareness and act as a model to be replicated nationwide by building national government commitment for deworming, establishing routine deworming days and creating demand from the remaining state governments. 

Technical assistance and advocacy will be provided by our partners Evidence Action through the Deworm the World Initiative, and medicines will be donated by GlaxoSmithKline.

Impact

India has the greatest number of children with soil-transmitted helminths infections in the world - more than 220 million. This means India accounts for over one quarter of the world's infected children.

More than one quarter of all the children in the world with worm infections live in India

Following advocacy from CIFF, India's first National Deworming Day took place on the 10th February 2015, during which the Indian Government publicly committed to deworming 140 million children nationwide. 

This is thought to be the world’s largest ever school-based deworming programme. 

Meanwhile, CIFF-funded deworming is under way in Bihar State and by the end of 2014, 17 million children had received treatment. 

A further two states, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, are earmarked to begin deworming this year.