Deworm the World Initiative
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The Deworm the World Initiative is a program led by the nonprofit Evidence Action that works to support governments in developing school-based deworming programs in Kenya, India, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.
Deworm the World supports the governments of India and Kenya in their respective national school-based deworming programs, and works with the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative in supporting Ethiopia's national school-based deworming program.
The initiative was originally an independent organization called Deworm the World, co-founded by development economist Michael Kremer. Initially supported by the Partnership for Child Development and Innovations for Poverty Action, Deworm the World became an initiative of Evidence Action in late 2013.
In November 2015, GiveWell recommended that Good Ventures donate $10.8 million to the organization, and identified a funding gap of $11.4 million for the organization, though the entire funding for the organization's planned 2016 activities was covered.
In November 2016, GiveWell recommended that Good Ventures donate $4.5 million to the organization, out of Good Ventures' $50 million budget for GiveWell's top charities.
In September 2015, GiveWell published a report based on field investigations carried out by Jacob Kushner and Anthony Langat of the National School-Based Deworming Program conducted by the government of Kenya with technical assistance from Deworm the World Initiative. The investigations were funded by GiveWell. They cited three concerns with the program: parents' and children's concerns about side effects of the deworming medication, religious concerns, and the fact that the program did not reach students not enrolled in school. Responding to the report, GiveWell said that it did not raise any red flags for its recommendation of Deworm the World Initiative. Evidence Action also responded at length to the observations made in the report.
Giving What We Can
Effective altruism advocacy group Giving What We Can (GWWC) lists Deworm the World Initiative as a "promising" charity. The group did a case study of deworming activities in Bihar, India for which the initiative provided assistance. GWWC contrasts the initiative with Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, another deworming charity, as follows: the initiative focuses on helping governments carry out deworming programs, rather than carrying out the deworming program itself. Therefore, it bears less of the cost, and is potentially more scalable. However, many of the programs it assists with may have occurred without its help, leading to lower impact relative to the counterfactual.
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