BENEFITING: DEWORM THE WORLD INC
The Court Cousins (Treb Matt, Ryan, Justin, Vince, Virginia, Sedona, Isaiah, Catherine, Nick, Rachel, Emma, Ben, Elizabeth, Sam, Marcela, Corinne, and Kyal) are invited to donate to a charity in lieu of gifts to each other.
As the oldest cousin Treb, has chosen the grossest charity he could find: Deworm the World (http://www.dewormtheworld.org/). Deworming has been scientifically proven (see Miguel and Kremer, Econometrica, 2003) to substantially increase school attendance rates and evidence suggests staggering long-term welfare gains (see Baird et al., mimeo, 2011). Furthermore, true to the my internal economist, of all interventions meant to increase student attendance, deworming has proven to have the most bang for your buck.
Parasitic worms harm children's health and development and limit their participation in school. Over 600 million school-age children are at risk of infection with parasitic worms (soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomes) across the globe. These infections are chronic and widespread, damaging children’s health and development and limiting their participation at school. Worms can cause anemia, malnourishment, and impairment of mental and physical development.
For just pennies per treatment, deworming pills administered through school programs can improve health and increase attendance. School-based deworming is a safe, simple and cost-effective solution. With more schools than clinics, and more teachers than health workers, the existing and extensive education infrastructure provides the most efficient way to reach the highest number of school-age children. With support from the local health system, teachers can administer treatment to large numbers of school-age children with minimal training.
Deworm the World (DtW) improves the health and education of school-age children across the globe by supporting governments and development partners to expand school-based deworming programs. To date, they have reached 37 million children across 27 countries. DtW achieves this impact by identifying what is needed to launch and sustain effective school-based deworming programs and coordinating the assistance needed to regularly treat many millions of children each year.