No, that is not a typo. And yes, you will want to hear how the end of “global worming” is one of the most cost-effective ways to bring hope to the most vulnerable.
Let’s start off with a short lesson on what I’m referring to as “global worming.” No, this is not a sci-fi conspiracy theory, or an outright attack against an admirable dance move by a guy with two left feet.
I’m referring to pushing back against the global plague of intestinal worms that silently, yet effectively, hinders the progress of the world’s most vulnerable children.
So What’s the Problem?
Intestinal worms are microscopic parasites that can enter the body by ingesting unclean or undercooked food, drinking contaminated water, or even through skin contact of soil that contains certain types of larva.
Children are most susceptible to being infected by intestinal worms because they lack the immune system to combat the parasite.
But besides just being gross, why does it matter if a child is infected with intestinal worms?
Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, weight loss and stomach pain. In addition to affecting a child’s health, these symptoms are often painful enough to keep a child out of school.
And seeing as many children with intestinal worms live in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world, a loss in education dramatically decreases that child’s ability to rise out of poverty. Studies show that children infected with parasites suffer a 24 percent drop in school attendance.
And the most frustrating thing of all: intestinal worms can be prevented through simple and inexpensive medications.
Deworming a child will lead to a significant increase in school years. This has led the World Health Organization to call deworming the second most cost-effective anti-poverty measure currently available!
Food for the Hungry (FH) has been on the front lines of taking preventative action against intestinal worms for many years now. We work with local and national governments to make sure entire communities and countries are dewormed.
It is estimated that 1.5 billion children suffer from intestinal worms. At a cost of about 50 cents per child per year for treatment, FH conducts yearly deworming initiatives to stave off the impact intestinal worms can have on the poorest children.
Last year alone, FH helped to deworm over 5 million children!
How You Can Help
FH is about inspiring hope, walking with communities and ending poverty. Through our deworming activities around the world, we are doing all three of these things in the lives of the most vulnerable.
Let’s be honest, no one likes worms. So let’s end global worming together!