Sustainable School Health and Nutrition Program
With the start of the new academic year (2015-2016) and commencement of the second year of our Sustainable School Health and Nutrition Program, IFA has just undertaken the administration of deworming medication for all the beneficiaries at Agazian No 2 Primary School and Sibiste Negasi Primary School for the third time. The beneficiaries at the three new schools on the SSHNP will receive their deworming medication next month.
Most common causes of parasitic infection include bathing in or drinking water that contains parasites, eating uncooked food and exposure to untreated sewage. Ethiopia, like developing countries is undergoing rapid urbanization, meaning many people are crowded together into fast-growing cities with inadequate sewage treatment facilities. Raw (untreated) sewage, when dumped into rivers used for drinking, bathing, washing, and cooking easily results in the spread of parasitic diseases.
The World Health Organization currently recommends that schoolchildren in endemic areas are regularly treated with drugs which kill parasitic worms such as hook worm, round worm and pin worm. Treating schoolchildren biannually will help towards reducing anemia, improve growth and consequently improve school attendance, school performance and economic development.
IFA working in collaboration with the Woreda (District) Health Extension Workers administered the medication. Health and educational indicators will be used to measure the effect of this treatment on the students.