National Deworming Mass Drug Administration Campaign
Malanville, 12 March 2015
Public Private Primary School Kotchi
The Benin Ministry of Health selected Malanville to be the first commune to conduct school based deworming as part of its National Deworming Mass Drug Administration (MDA) Campaign which will reach all students 5-14 years of age in schools across Benin’s 28 communes. Schistosomiasis (SCH) and Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis have a high prevalence in many communes in Benin.
Representing the close partnership between the Benin Ministry of Health and the United States Government, the United States Ambassador to Benin was pleased to give the first dose of Praziquantel to a student in Kotchi.
As part of the ongoing campaign to treat Schistosomiasis (SCH) and Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH), the Ministry of Health has announced that the school based MDA will take place 16 April 2015 in 27 communes.
NTDs are a diverse group of diseases that affect more than 1 billion people - one-sixth of the world’s population – including an estimated 800 million children. NTDs affect almost exclusively poor people living in rural areas and urban slums of low-income countries. These diseases can kill and frequently impair, blind, or disfigure and have devastating economic consequences for communities due to the loss of productivity and income. Children are especially at risk of NTDs. NTDs keep children from living healthy, productive lives, causing malnutrition, reduced school enrollment and compromised intellectual development.
The control strategy for SCH and STH is based on the distribution of respectively Praziquantel (PZQ) and Albendazole (ALB) through MDA targeting children ages 5-14 regardless of school enrolment/attendance. The MDA NTD Control and elimination activities in Benin are implemented under the leadership of the National NTD Coordination with technical assistance from the United States Agency as the Government of Benin moves to reduce the burden of this disease
U.S. government support for NTDs is provided by the ENVISION project, led by RTI International and funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development. ENVISION’s goal is to strengthen NTD programming at global and country levels and support Ministries of Health (MOH) to achieve their NTD control and elimination goals.