Kenya & Côte d’Ivoire: Every Child Thrives
Every Child Thrives is a mass drug administration program, providing de-worming treatment and Vitamin A supplement to children from 5 – 59 months of age in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya.
Children in this age group are especially vulnerable to worm infections and Vitamin A deficiency, and national deworming programs that are run through schools do not cover them. This gap in treatment puts them at risk for worm infections and Vitamin A deficiency that can lead to a range of health problems such as stunting and blindness.
It is important to protect these children at high risk. Vitamin A deficiency often makes the effects of worm infections worse, and vice versa. By incorporating the administration of Vitamin A supplements into the program, we are able to ensure that these children have an even better chance of growing into healthy adults.
- Training community members on the importance of deworming & Vitamin A
- Ensuring health systems are inclusive by training health workers to make the program child and disability-friendly
- Raising awareness of worm infections and Vitamin A deficiency in communities