Scaling Health Programs for Children

Without proper sanitation and medical treatment, an intestinal worm infection can devastate a community. Children readily spread the parasites to each other, and the toll from missing school for weeks or even months causes long-term damage to the outcomes of whole villages.

For each child kept away from an education, entire communities in turn are threatened by dimmed potential, the ruin of life goals and a danger that poor health will remain generational. Literally, the presence of intestinal parasites is a deciding factor in the economic well-being of Vietnamese communities.

When a program reaches all children, the potential for each child is multiplied.

Technically known as soil transmitted helminths (STH), this kind of infection is common in Vietnam and can affect up to 90% of the population in some places where people do not have access to proper sanitation facilities.

Your donation installs handwashing stations and distributes medicines to keep children in school, and it furthers our deworming work across rural communities.

Our model has trained more than 9,000 teachers and community health workers to administer medicine on a wide-reaching platform to students, demonstrating that this cost-effective approach can be scaled to reach most of the country.

Thrive Networks’ School Health and Hygiene Program provides deworming medication to an estimated 700,000 school-age children from over 3,000 primary schools.

Capacity building fuels East Meets West/Thrive Networks. It’s not just about filtration systems installed and medicines distributed. As children grow up in the midst of good health practices, the life outcomes for these new community members increase exponentially not only for them, but also for the next generation.

Read more about Thrive Networks’ work to research and test scalable, sustainable deworming models in order to develop a nationwide strategy.