The National Deworming Day is an initiative of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to make every child in the country worm free. This is one of the largest public health programs reaching large number of children during a short period. This Program is being implemented by the state since 2015.
Helminths (worms) which are transmitted through soil contaminated with fecal matter are called soil-transmitted helminths (Intestinal parasitic worms). Soil transmitted helminths infection can lead to anemia, malnutrition, impaired physical, mental & cognitive development, and reduced school participation.
Goals & Objectives of the Program
The objective of National Deworming Day is deworming all the children (school enrolled and non-enrolled) aged 1 to 19 years, through the platform of schools and Anganwadi Centers in order to improve their overall health, nutritional status, access to education and quality of life.
All children (both boys and girls) in the age group of 1-19 years
Bi-annual Deworming – February and August of every year
- Number of Government/Government aided schools – 45,696
- Number of private schools – 12,632
- Number of AWCs – 54,439
- Total number of children to be benefitted -2,24,37,283
- Teachers administer Albendazole to all the school enrolled children
- Anganwadi workers (AWWs) administer Albendazole to all children aged 1-5 years and out-of-school children and adolescents (1-19 years) at the Anganwadi centre (AWC)
- Non-enrolled children are mobilized to the nearest AWC for deworming through support of VHV/Community Volunteers
Important: Children who are sick or are on medication on deworming day/mop up day (MUD)should not be given the drug. These children should be advised to take Albendazole tablet upon recovery or after consultation with the medical doctor.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- RBSK Mobile Health Teams at Block level will monitor the implementation of National Deworming Day in the field. Each team will visit at least four schools/Anganwadi centres on both NDD and MUD (Mop up day).
- District monitoring would be undertaken by DDHS, DTTMO, DMCHO and APM
- All State level officers of DPH & NHM would conduct the State Monitoring
- Designated teams from the MoHFW, GoI will monitor NDD activities by randomly visiting schools and Anganwadi Centers across States / UTs.
Recording and Reporting Process