Millions of Indian children are receiving deworming treatment
Millions of Indian children are receiving deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent infection from parasitic worms which would affect their mental and physical development. But what about deaf children?
The Sundarbans is a natural region in the southernmost part of Bangladesh and part of the Indian state of West Bengal. The area is one of the largest forests in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Flooding is common during the rainy season and children here are at risk of catching parasitic worms. To remedy this, the Indian government rolled out a de-worming programme within schools, which was safe and cost-effective. De-worming has shown to reduce absenteeism in schools, improved learning outcomes and decreased the number of children getting sick.
Our partner Samaj Unnayan Kendra (SUK) based in the region, is well known for their work with deaf children, young people and their families, schools and community activities. They were asked by the national government to help spread awareness about de-worming among the deaf community as part of their national government campaign.
In partnership, the SUK team provided access and interpreted for deaf children so they understood the process and the medical officers. So far, over 40 deaf children across 18 schools have benefitted from this treatment, with full access to the programme like their peers.
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