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Overcoming delivery challenges for national deworming in South Korea

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  • Kim, Taejong
  • Global Delivery Initiative; KDI School


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Title Overcoming delivery challenges for national deworming in South Korea
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Material Type Report
Author(English)

Kim, Taejong

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[Sejong] : Global Delivery Initiative; KDI School

Date 2019-05
Series Title; No Global Delivery Initiative
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Social Development < Population
Social Development < Health
Official Aid < Social Infrastructure
Holding Global Delivery Initiative
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Abstract

This case study investigates how collaboration between the Korean Association for Parasite Eradication, a small coalition of dedicated South Korean parasitologists and health professionals, and the Korean government overcame numerous delivery challenges to sustain a nation-wide deworming campaign for two decades, until the World Health Organization declared the country essentially worm-free in 1997.

South Korea relied on nation-wide, school-based administration of stool tests and deworming pills for close to two decades from 1969 till 1997 to effectively do away with the intestinal worm infection. Worm infection was indeed pervasive before the campaign: the infection rates were over 80% in the overall population.