Every three months over 3,000 students and teachers are dewormed. Why is this important?
Here are a few statistics from Deworm the World’s website:
- Bleakley’s study of a deworming campaign in the U.S. South in the 1910s estimated that an infected child would have been 20 percentage points less likely to be enrolled in school than a non-infected child, and was also 13 percentage points less likely to be literate.
- Miguel and Kremer’s experimental evaluation in Western Kenya found a 25% reduction in student absenteeism at treatment schools.
- Baird and colleagues’ long-run study based on the Western Kenya deworming finds that among females, deworming increased the rate of passing the national primary school exit exam by 9.5 percentage points on a base of 41%.
POTENTIAL FUTURE EARNINGS
- Hookworm infections could have explained as much as 22% of the income gap between the U.S. North and South.
- In Kenya, men who were treated as children worked 3.4 more hours per week, spent more time in entrepreneurial activities, and were more likely to work in higher-wage manufacturing jobs. This long-term impact study in Kenya calculates a rate of return for governments who invest in deworming of 32-52%.
In Wamunyu, Kenya, it means students are not missing school. Our Headmasters have reported that attendance has improved, kids are more attentive, and feel better overall. We couple the deworming with health lessons about the importance of washing hands and good hygiene. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Kenya Connect has installed hand washing stations at 44 of our partner schools.
Deworming is a success story! Healthy kids means happy learning! And Education is important for our future!