National Deworming Day (NDD)
NATIONAL DEWORMING DAY
What’s in news?
The 10th round of National Deworming Day (NDD) is observed on February 10.
- Organized by: The day was organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
- Launched in: The NDD programme was launched in the year 2015.
- NDD is a key intervention of Anemia Mukt Bharat – the largest public health program implemented on a single day reaching crores of children and adolescents through two NDD rounds every year.
- Activities targeted: As of today, the event cover 19 states to reach 9.35 crore of the target population.
- In the next week, it will cover a total of 34 States/UTs to reach an estimated 30 crore of the target population.
- Targeted persons: The targeted persons were – children and adolescents aged 1-19 years are being administered Albendazole (400 mg) across government, government-aided schools, anganwadis, private schools and other educational institutions.
- Objective: The intention behind the day is to reduce the prevalence of Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) among all children and adolescents. The STH commonly known as the “parasitic intestinal worms”.
- Infections: The main infection from this STH – Roundworm, Whipworm and
- Case statistics: Regard DALYs – As per the data by WHO, STH contribute to 50.1 lakh disability adjusted life-years (DALYs) globally.
Data to know:
Anemia Mukt Bharat:
- Anemia – A condition in which the number of red blood cells or their oxygen-carrying capacity is insufficient to meet the body’s physiological requirements, which vary by age, sex, altitude, smoking habits, and during pregnancy.
- Aim: This initiative aims to strengthen the existing mechanisms and foster newer strategies for tackling anemia.
- 6*6*6 strategy: To achieve the envisaged target under the POSHAN Abhiyan, it follows this strategy. As follows;
6 target beneficiary groups, through 6 interventions and 6 institutional mechanisms
- Recent news: In September 2019, was launched in Karnataka – organizing a workshop on the iron-deficiency condition that affects more than 40% of the people across all districts of the Karnataka.
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