WHO recommends blanket deworming for children

This is despite a lack of evidence of benefit

The WHO is recommending mass anti-worming treatment for hundreds of millions of children in low- and middle-income countries despite a paucity of evidence to support the move.

African children

The world body admits that the science shows a lack of benefit, but is intent on initiating a blanket approach to the problem.

Dirk Engels, director of WHO’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Department, said in a statement that a “global evidence-based consensus” now shows that periodic, large-scale deworming is the best way to reduce suffering caused by intestinal worms.

Antonio Montresor, head

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