We recently heard from Charles Mbogo, a leader of our deworming work, that they’re launching this year’s treatment for tens of thousands of students aged 6 to 14 for intestinal parasites. One setback in our 4-year campaign has been high turnover in teachers. When we launched this program in 2008, we made sure that teachers were fully trained in distributing medication as well as taught their students how to improve hand-washing and decrease reinfection. However, Kenya’s Department of Education occasionally transfers teachers. That happened this year and so we’re holding an additional mass training session.
Within a month, de-worming will be complete and a whole new cadre of students will be healthier and better learners!