The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in Kenya there are over 30 million people at risk of schistosomiasis, over 15 million children at risk of intestinal worms, and over 3 million people at risk of LF. Conscious of the country’s significant disease burden, Kenya publicly launched a five-year, national integrated control plan in 2011 that aims to reduce NTD prevalence to manageable levels by 2020.
END Fund Investment
In 2011, Kenya publicly launched a National School-Based Deworming Program (NSBDP), which is a government-led initiative that aims to treat all children at risk of intestinal worms and schistosomiasis throughout the country. The Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI) is working with government partners in Kenya to provide financial and technical support to the NSBDP with funding from both the END Fund and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
Program to Date
This program focused on mapping schistosomiasis prevalence, intensity and distribution in 85 districts across 15 counties, followed by a full treatment plan that resulted in 123,150 people being treated in 2013 and 475,508 people in 2014. With finalized mapping data, outlined enrollment numbers and projected disease rates, the END Fund is reviewing the overall treatment strategy with DtWI and the MoH to ensure an optimal approach to reaching all children in need of treatment.