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Intestinal worms (also known as soil-transmitted helminths, or STH) infect hundreds of millions of people all around the world. National programs were initiated to control STH in endemic countries using drugs donated from pharmaceutical companies. Billions of deworming tablets have been distributed, largely through a school-based platform, in the past two decades. Most surveys that have assessed the impact of deworming programs are school-based targeting only school going children. Such surveys do not reflect the true picture of STH status at the community level. To fill this information gap, Children Without Worms (CWW), a program of the Task Force for Global Health at Emory University, has developed a community-based survey methodology so that national STH control programs can assess the STH burden in all at-risk populations targeted by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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