Here we focus on iron and vitamin A deficiencies, two major micronutrient deficits which have been causally linked to geohelminthiases. We specifically explore the relative benefits of vitamin A supplementation for children with ascariasis infection and iron supplementation for children with trichuriasis and hookworm infections, with and without deworming, and consider whether there are circumstances in which deworming programs should be complemented by micronutrient programs. Read the rest of the article here
New findings from two Gates Foundation–supported studies—the Global Enteric Multicenter Study and the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010—suggest the possible importance of adding coverage for intestinal protozoan infections as part of World Health Organization preventive chemotherapy initiatives.
Despite new information that the disease burden of schistosomiasis in Africa may be equivalent to malaria or HIV/AIDS and a simple annual anthelminthic treatment for this disease is available for less than 50 cents per person including delivery costs, we now know that fewer than 5% of the infected population is receiving coverage. To date, this situation represents one of the first great failures of the “global health decade” that began in 2000. The scaling up of praziquantel manufacture and distribution, together with operational research and new product research and development, would represent a global assault on schistosomiasis.