WHO estimates that 600 million school-age children need deworming
treatment and preventive intervention.
The University of Manchester (UoM) Immunology Group delivered an
educational programme on the immune response and biology of parasitic worm
infections in areas where worm infections are most prevalent, including
Uganda and Pakistan, and with UK immigrant communities.
International benefits include health worker and educator training, which
is critical for improving the understanding of worm infection and
distribution of health education messages to endemic communities.
Nationwide engagement activities provided immigrant communities and school
pupils with improved awareness of global health issues and a greater
understanding of immunology, and have inspired some participants to pursue
careers in science.