DeWorming of Children

In alignment with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations, Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path Initiative (FEYReP) has implemented preventive chemotherapy, utilizing annual or bi-annual single-dose albendazole (400 mg) or mebendazole (500 mg). This public health intervention specifically targets young children aged 12–23 months, preschool children aged 1–4 years, and school-age children aged 5–12 years (and up to 14 years in some settings). The initiative holds particular significance in areas where the baseline prevalence of soil-transmitted infections among children is 20% or higher.

Over the course of eight years, the FEYReP has been steadfast in its commitment to deworming the children of Akwa Ibom state, exemplifying an enduring dedication to the health and well-being of the younger generation

Collaborating with pharmaceutical companies such as Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Plc and Emzor Pharmaceuticals Plc, FEYReP has successfully organized deworming campaigns. During one such initiative in the Eket Senatorial District, Mrs. Ime Inyang, the Coordinator of FEYReP, underscored the organization’s unwavering commitment to ensuring that Akwa Ibom children are free from worm infections. She provided practical advice to children, urging them to wash their hands after defecating, clean their fruits, and maintain a clean environment for their overall health.

Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel, the Founder of FEYReP, emphasized the necessity of deworming for children’s health, stating, “Deworming is a crucial aspect of our efforts to safeguard the well-being of our children. It is not just about treating infections; it’s about ensuring a healthier future for the next generation. FEYReP remains resolute in its mission to provide needed health interventions for the vulnerable persons in Akwa Ibom State, and deworming of children is an integral part of that commitment.”