Intestinal worms

Intestinal worms are very common in developing countries, particularly among children. They have some of the largest burden of disease in those countries although they are cheap and effective to treat.

Here some links on the issue. My Master's thesis on "Scaling-Up and Mainstreaming: Increasing Impact of International Child Supports (ICS) De-Worming Program in Western Province, Kenya" is available on request. I also have an extensive bibliography which was last updated in March 2005

Articles on de-worming


  • Brooker, S. (2006). "Spatial Epidemiology of Human Schistosomiasis in Africa: Risk Models, Transmission Dynamics and Control." Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 101(1): 1-8

    • Great paper on spatial epidemiology and mapping; also has a map of schistosomiasis intensities in East Africa

  • Fenwick, A. (2006). "New Initiatives against Africa's Worms." Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 100(3): 200-207.

    • Policy-paper on deworming, with a focus on the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

  • Kabatereine, N. B., E. Tukahebwa, et al. (2006). "Progress Towards Countrywide Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis in Uganda." Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 100(3): 208-215.<

    • Details on the Ugandan national deworming program

  • Wang, L., Utzinger, J. and Zhou, X.N. (2008). "Schistosomiasis Control: Experiences and Lessons from China." The Lancet 372(9652): 1793-1795.

    • Worms in China


Information on de-worming and Western Kenya


  • Other materials on worms

    • All about schistosomiasis and helminth infections at the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative). Check out their publications list which includes some important papers on implementation and policy approaches. SCI is involved in the successful Uganda program.

    • A flyer linking de-worming to the Millenium Development Goals

    • Relation of school-aged to community-level infections: Guyatt, H. L., S.Brooker, et al. (1999). "Can prevalence of infection in school-aged children be used as an index for assessing community prevalence?" Parasitology 118:257-268.

    • On evaluation, and possible monitoring indicators: Gyorkos, T. W. (2003). "Monitoring and evaluation of large scale helminth control programmes." Acta Tropica 86: 275-282.