STH is treated through a single dose of deworming medicine, either Albendazole® donated by GlaxoSmithKline, or Mebendazole® donated by Johnson and Johnson.
Medication is distributed to schools and communities. Specially trained school teachers play a key role in distributing and administering these vital treatments.
We incorporate hygiene education into our deworming programmes. Access to clean water and sanitation, as well as good hygiene behaviour, is vital to prevent STH spreading.
Soil-transmitted helminths can cause symptoms such as anaemia, intestinal obstruction, inflammation of the colon, impaired development, and death. These significantly decrease the quality of life of those affected and can have negative long-term effects on employment, education, fertility and happiness. We aim to use our NTD programmes to target entire communities of at-risk men, women and children to eliminate these diseases.
In 2017, Sightsavers treated more than 12.1 million people for soil-transmitted helminths. In the same year we trained more than 237,000 volunteer community drug distributors to distribute treatments to everyone in their local communities. Medication is distributed to schools and communities to kill and prevent the spread of helminths. The disease is often treated at the same time as schistosomiasis.
Sightsavers also incorporates hygiene education into community and school-based programmes, and coordinates with WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programmes. Access to and use of clean water and sanitation, along with following good hygienic behaviours such as wearing shoes, is critical to the prevention and control of intestinal worms.