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Making nutrition improvements at low cost through parasite control (English)

The 1993 World Development Report includes mass delivery of anthelminthic (or deparasitization or deworming) treatment in its essential package of health interventions that will address at lowest cost the diseases that cause the greatest burden. School-based mass delivery is singled out as one of the most cost-effective measures. Until now this intervention has received little attention in Bank operations; more emphasis is deserved. Worm or parasite (technically known as intestinal helminth) infections are among the most prevalent of human infections. Most common in the least-developed countries, and among children in those countries, such infections hinder children's physical and intellectual development and reduce the productivity of adults. Reversing the nutrient leakage, anorexia, and malabsorption of food caused by such infections can improve the growth and learning capacity of children and the productive output of adults. Attractive new approaches and tools for controlling parasite infections in endemic communities are low-cost and have high return. These guidelines were prepared to assist World Bank task managers responsible for nutrition, health, education and other related projects in the preparation of parasite control interventions.

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Bundy, Donald A.P. Miller Del Rosso, Joy

Making nutrition improvements at low cost through parasite control (English). Human resources development and operations policy working papers ; no. HRO 7 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/893861468740382080/Making-nutrition-improvements-at-low-cost-through-parasite-control