Intestinal worms

Preventive chemotherapy to control soil-transmitted helminth infections in at-risk population groups

Guideline

Authors:
WHO/Department of control of neglected tropical diseases and,
Department of Nutrition for Health and Development

Publication details

Editors: Dr A. Montresor/Soil-transmitted helminthiases
Number of pages: xii; 75 p.
Publication date: September 2017
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 155 011 6

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Overview

This WHO guideline on preventive chemotherapy to control soil-transmitted helminth infections in at-risk population groups provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on the large-scale administration of anthelminthic medicines.

Used as a public health intervention in areas endemic for soil-transmitted helminths, preventive chemotherapy can decrease the worm burden of infections in children, adolescent girls, women of reproductive age and pregnant women, including those co-infected with HIV.

The recommendations contained in this guideline are the result of broad consensus among experts who have evaluated all the available evidence.

Treating children infected with intestinal worms is one of the simplest and most cost–effective ways to improve their health.

The recommendations are intended for a wide audience, including policy-makers and their expert advisers as well as technical and programme staff at government institutions and organizations involved in the design, implementation and expansion of programmes to control soil-transmitted helminth infections.

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