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Deworming children is a simple and cost-effective way of improving the health and nutritional status of disadvantaged children. Dr. Radhika Batra has collaborated with VitaminAngels, a US-based NGO that Is working in 27 countries and is carrying out free distribution of Albendazole for deworming children. This is provided free of cost by VitaminAngels, thus giving a great leverage to her work. A team of young doctors and nurses have joined hands with Dr. Radhika to carry out deworming of children

Intestinal worms, or soil-transmitted helminths (STH), contribute to illness and compromise nutrition in children. STH can negatively affect a child’s vitamin A status by limiting absorption of nutrients by the body. This worsens problems associated with chronic undernutrition. Worms can cause illness, pain, and even death.

Children worldwide are at risk of becoming infected with intestinal worms due to poor sanitation or the presence of worms in the soil. Children under five years are extremely vulnerable to worm infections because they are in a period of intense physical and mental development. In India, many pre-school children are underweight, many have intestinal worms, and 2-3% die at ages 1 to 6 years. Worm infections can cause anemia, malnourishment, impaired mental and physical development; and may cause a serious threat to children’s health, education, and productivity. According to a study, the infected children cannot concentrate on their studies and they find very hard to put up their daily activities

India has the highest burden of worm infections in the world, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating in 2014 that over 22 crore Indian children aged between 1 and 14 years are at risk.

Deworming with the safe and beneficial Albendazole 400 mg tablet is an effective solution to controlling worm infections.

To know the exact worm load, health ministry started a mapping exercise in all states. National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was appointed as a nodal agency to conduct nationwide STH mapping. The data shows varied prevalence range from 85% in Tamil Nadu to 12.5 % in Madhya Pradesh during 2015.