In a press conference last week, Peru’s Minister of Health, Patricia García Funegra announced that July 9 would be the country’s first “National Deworming Day”. Over the past decade, INMED Partnerships for Children and INMED Andes, along with Johnson & Johnson Global Health, have been facilitating highly successful regional and local deworming campaigns, which have led to this national effort. In addition to facilitating deworming treatment of up to 6 million individuals per year, INMED’s program provides educational activities to prevent reinfection, focusing on nutrition, sanitation, food security, education and community development. Johnson & Johnson has committed to providing 12 million doses of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) treatment through 2022.
Health Minister García stated that the deworming intervention is part of the Government’s National Plan for the Reduction and Control of Maternal and Child Anemia 2017-2021, which includes preventive STH treatment for the entire population from the age of two. At a press conference last week, Minister Garcia recognized the importance of INMED and its partnership with J&J, along with its collaboration with mayors and other strategic partners, such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Poverty Coordination Roundtable (MCLCP). The free deworming treatments will be available at schools, clinics and other strategic locations in all districts of the country.
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