• Hookworm
  • Trichuriasis (whipworm)
  • Ascariasis (roundworm)

children are at risk of intestinal worms in Honduras

While living conditions in Honduras have steadily improved over the past few decades, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are prevalent in rural areas of Honduras where populations have little or no access to clean water and sanitation. Many children in these areas have intestinal worms, spread by contaminated soil.

Since 2012, when Honduras became the first country in Latin America to launch a national plan to control and eliminate NTDs, the country has scaled up its national deworming campaign. In 2012, the national deworming program treated more than 60 percent of the school-aged children at risk for NTDs.


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In 2013, the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Honduras organized a pilot deworming campaign for preschool- and school-aged children as part of Honduras’ national vaccination week. The pilot would not have been possible without the support and coordinated efforts of the Ministry of Education, World Food Programme’s (WFP) Healthy Schools Program, Operation Blessing and MAMA Project. These organizations came together to ensure that all targeted districts in 18 states and 298 municipalities were reached, and all students received medication. 

1,051,659 children in 11,576 schools throughout 298 municipalities received deworming medication.

To support this project, END7 filled a funding gap of $28,000 to help facilitate the training of school children, teachers, and communities on parasitic worms and the importance of hand washing. END7 donations also delivered clean water to 100,461 people by purchasing and installing water treatment equipment in the municipalities of Marcovia and El Triunfo.



The project was planned and implemented by Honduras’ Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, PAHO, WFP, Operation Blessing and MAMA Project.


work continues

Honduras has successfully integrated NTD treatment and prevention into existing national activities, such as school health days and vaccination weeks. The Ministry of Health’s national NTD committee, called the Mesa Tecnica, includes NTD experts from the Ministry of Health, PAHO country office and various other partners, including academia and non-governmental organizations conducting deworming and other NTD activities in the country. The committee has already developed eight department level operational plans and trained personnel from each department on NTD control-related activities. The group is now working to identify support to close the funding gap to reach annually more than two million children at risk in the most rural areas, an effort that will help the country meet its goal to end intestinal worm infections.


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Photos by Olivier Asselin and Alexandra Gordon

Key Interventions
in Honduras
  • Training

    health workers and volunteers

  • Getting the Word Out

    so everyone takes the medicine

  • Mass Drug Administration

    to treat entire communities

  • Hygiene Education

    to teach safer habits

  • Clean Water

    to prevent infection