Dubai Cares launches $3m deworming project
PESHAWAR: On the occasion of the first World Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTD Day, UAE-based philanthropic organization, Dubai Cares, has joined hands with Pakistan’s government to combat intestinal worms among school-aged children in a US$ 3 million health program.
Under this partnership, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has launched a three-year deworming programme for school-aged children in Pakistan, to improve their health and consequently enhance learning outcomes.
The (US$ 3 million) programme is set to benefit 16.8 million children, aged 5 to 14 across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad Capital Territory, Sindh, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The programme titled “School-Based Deworming in Pakistan” is part of global non-profit organization Evidence Action’s global effort to combat intestinal worms with evidence-based, cost-effective models.
The school-based deworming programme is implemented by the Government of Pakistan, in partnership with Evidence Action, across 44 districts where the worm prevalence requires annual mass deworming, with technical assistance provided by Interactive Research & Development, IRD, Indus Health Network and Evidence Action to ensure high-quality programme delivery and monitoring, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
The programme involves training to equip government staff, health workers and teachers with the skills and framework required to carry out deworming treatments targeting all school-aged children within identified at-risk districts.
With this new programme in Pakistan, Dubai Cares has fulfilled its commitment to combatting intestinal worms, as part of the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. Dubai Cares joined the London Declaration in Paris in 2014, which was a global alliance led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with 13 leading pharmaceutical companies, global health organizations, private foundations and donors, and governments pledging support to reduce the global burden of NTDs. – APP