School based deworming programme treats over 5M children

The DMS Dr Jackson Kioko ddelivering PS’Peter Tum speech during release of year 5 deworming results in Nairobi today

The DMS Dr Jackson Kioko giving out year 5 deworming result booklets in Nairobi today after the lauch











School based deworming programme treats over 5M children

Nairobi, Kenya May 29, 2018 – The National School Based Deworming Programme has treated 5.97 million children in over 16,000 schools across 27 endemic counties in the past five years.


The programme which is spearheaded by the Ministries of Health & Education in partnership with Evidence Action aims to control parasitic worms to a level that they would no longer be a public health problem.


The five year deworming results were released today by the Director of Medical Services, Dr. Jackson Kioko, on behalf of the Principal Secretary (PS) for Health Peter Tum


During the launch the PS noted that school going children make up to 42 percent of the Kenyan population and about six million of these children are at risk of parasitic worm infection, including common worms and bilhazia. He said “A healthy child is a prerequisite of the attainment of Universal Health Care goal.”


He revealed that the Ministry of Health has develpoed a roadmap for Universal Health Coverage and a Health Care Financing Strategy that will be used to mobilize additional resources required by the School Health Programme towards the elimination of common worms and bilharzia

“Deworming children to ensure they lead a normal life free of infections is critical as it protects our families from the consequences of out-of-pocket health expenditure in accessing deworming medication,’’ he added.

He noted that deworming improves children’s health, and educational outcomes and this ultimately contributes to the development of human capital for the country’s economic growth.


“Scaling up of deworming activities is part of the initiatives to reduce under-five morbidity and mortality. During the programme period, Kenya’s under-5 mortalities has significantly declined by over 50 percent from 115 out of 1000 live births to 52 out of 1000 live births,” he argued.

The PS lauded the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), END Fund, Evidence Action, Merck a, GlaxoSmithKline, County and Sub-County Health, the Ministry of Education officials, the National School Based Steering Committee and the Management team for successful implementation of the programme.

He called for collaboration and cooperation between the national and the county level to ensure success of policy programmes.