US-supported deworming campaign benefits over 900,000 kids

Vietnam's Ministries of Health, and Education and Training on June 4 completed a large-scale, US-supported distribution of medicine to help over 918,000 children in disadvantaged provinces fend off intestinal worms. 

According to the US Embassy’s press release, from May 5 to June 4, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) joined Vietnam's National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to distribute medicine to children living in the 10 provinces of Bac Giang, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Ha Nam, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Nam Dinh, Son La and Thanh Hoa. 

“The deworming programme supported by USAID has been very successful,” said NIMPE Director Tran Thanh Duong, adding that more than half of the children have shown no signs of worms over the time and a significant reduction in malnutrition was reported in these provinces. 

Between November 2011 and September 2013, USAID is funding mass drug administration campaigns for children and women of reproductive age in 17 provinces where the MoH has identified gaps in deworming drug coverage. 

Mass drug administration campaigns are being conducted in partnership with World Vision Australia, which is donating the drugs. USAID covers all transport and other logistical costs. 

Last year, over 882,000 school-aged children in 12 provinces received the drugs. 

Since 2000, USAID has provided US$595 million for development and relief efforts in Vietnam.