WHO’s STAG-NTD: Continue deworming of children against soil-transmitted helminthiasis

Following a recent Cochrane Systematic Review on deworming of school children against soil-transmitted helminthiasis, WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG-NTD) has issued a statement regarding the same.

The STAG-NTD has reviewed the evidence (including the Cochrane Review) and states that it “continues to endorse WHO’s recommendation for mass deworming in areas where the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infections is over 20%.

The statement adds that:

The administration of single-dose albendazole or mebendazole in such areas is safe and the most cost-effective strategy to reach infected children and improve their health and well-being.

Useful Links:

Link to the statement:


Link to an article on the Review hosted on The Cochrane Collaboration web site:


Link to the abstract of the Review:


Link to the standard version of the Review:


Link to the full Review:



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