Policy paper | Deworming adolescent girls and women of reproductive age

16 Jan 2022
WHO Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases Department

Expanding the reach and coverage of deworming programmes for soil-transmitted helminthiases and schistosomiasis, leveraging opportunities and building capacities.

More than 500 million adolescent girls and women of reproductive age (including over 100 million pregnant and lactating women) are at risk of soil-transmitted helminth and schistosome infections and require treatment.

The aim of this policy brief is to promote the regular deworming of adolescent girls and women of reproductive age. Its target audience is decision-makers, programme managers and staff of nongovernmental organizations responsible for improving the health of women. The policy brief is in the form of questions and answers, to facilitate understanding.

Female Genital Schistosomiasis WHO FIG