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Deworm Ghana 2011 - Day 2

posted Jul 14, 2011, 2:15 PM by Deworm Ghana   [ updated Jul 19, 2011, 3:26 PM ]

Today, the VPWA Deworm Ghana Team continued its mission to deworm children throughout Ghana by traveling to the village of Nsawam and the school of St. John the Divine Anglican.

 

Why did VPWA visit another school as part of its deworming campaign? Because research from leading institutions including the World Health Organization classify school-based deworming as one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to the global challenges facing developing countries. Furthermore, people living in villages like Nsawan receive immediate, as well as long-term benefits from a school-based deworming program. A few of these benefits are listed, below:

 

1)     School absenteeism is reduced by 25%

2)     Large cognitive improvements equivalent to a half year of schooling are produced

3)     Literacy rates for dewormed children are increased

4)     Higher income for dewormed children is earned as they grow to adults, averaging an increase in wages by 20%

5)     Better health for the siblings, family members, and nearby friends of dewormed children is also experienced

 

For more information, see this link. http://www.who.int/wormcontrol/documents/en/at_a_glance.pdf

 

In order to make these benefits a reality for the people of Nsawam, VPWA was eager to get to work administering deworming medication to 356 students attending St. John. So after a few speeches from St. John teachers, as well as a few songs from the St. John children, the VPWA volunteers distributed albendazole tablets to 169 boys and 187 girls. The students, who ranged in age from five to sixteen years old, reported no side effects from taking the medication. In fact, after all 356 students had taken their deworming medication, they sang several songs to the VPWA volunteers to express their appreciation for including St. John in the Deworm Ghana program.

 

With the day’s work complete, VPWA is one more step closer to achieving its deworming goals!

By Nicole Bolton - Deworm 2011 Volunteer      

13th July 2011

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