UN-backed de-worming campaign targets millions of Afghan children

Published on 21 October 2010

Millions of Afghan children will be protected against malnutrition, retarded growth and development and poor learning ability under a United Nations- backed de-worming campaign launched in schools across the Asian country on Wednesday, UN officials said. The Afghan Education and Health Ministries, supported by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), UN World Food Program (WFP) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), plan to reach every school-going child with a single 500-milligram tablet of Mebendazole, consumed simply by chewing or swallowing with a glass of water, said the officials.

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