Poor sanitation infrastructure and lack of access to clean water, combined with limited knowledge of preventive health and hygiene practices, can result in widespread infection with soil-transmitted helminths (STH), also known as intestinal parasitic worms. These infections can compromise children’s physical and cognitive development at the most crucial time in their lives, sapping vital nutrients, energy and appetite, increasing their vulnerability to disease, and magnifying the effects of hunger.
INMED has led deworming campaigns around the world for 23 years, treating millions of children and delivering vital hygiene education to help limit reinfection. Now, INMED and its Peruvian affiliate, INMED Andes, are leading a groundbreaking initiative to improve the health and nutritional status of children in Peru by mobilizing a sustainable national effort to:
- Provide deworming treatment to six million individuals annually, primarily children, in the areas most affected by intestinal parasites
- Promote preventive health, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition education to reduce the incidence of reinfection and promote the adoption of healthy behaviors for lasting change
- Strengthen the national effort to improve nutrition for school-age children and introduce sustainable, nutritionally balanced food production.
This initiative will integrate national, regional and local programs and activities in health, nutrition, food security, education and community development in collaboration with a broad range of public- and private-sector partners including:
- Peru’s Ministries of Health, Education, and Development and Social Inclusion
- Regional directorates and local departments of health and education
- Peru’s National nutrition center, school health plan and school feeding program
- Regional and global networks confronting neglected tropical diseases including STH
- Corporate partners such as Johnson & Johnson, which has donated all of the deworming treatment to be used in the campaign