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Evidence Action: Deworm The World Initiative

Evidence Action: Deworm The World Initiative

Deworm the World Initiative (DWI) works with governments to provide mass deworming programs in at-risk communities.

Fast facts

  • DWI is a project of Evidence Action.
  • Each year, more than 868 million children require treatment for intestinal worms like hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm.
  • Deworming treatment is easy, inexpensive, and doesn’t get the resources it deserves.
  • By working with governments, DWI can help deworm children for about 50 cents per child per year.

What is Deworm the World Initiative's mission?

Deworm the World is a project of Evidence Action, whose mission is "to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty."

What does Deworm the World Initiative do?

  • DWI works with governments in low-income countries to deliver free, mass deworming programs in schools.
  • They work in at-risk communities where at least 20% of children are infected by worms.
  • The treatment is simple; DWI uses a safe and effective pill.
  • DWI states that they've delivered more than one billion treatments since 2014, and that those treatments improved school attendance and long-term economic opportunities for children, in addition to improving health outcomes.

Why do we recommend Deworm the World Initiative?

  • Deworming children has positive outcomes for each child’s health, education, and future.
  • DWI distributes its deworming treatments cost-effectively.
  • GiveWell’s identified DWI as a top-rated charity from 2013 to 2022 (and the change in status did not reflect a change in their view of its cost-effectiveness).
  • GiveWell’s former recommendation means that the DWI is one of Giving What We Can’s listed charities — read more about our charity inclusion criteria.


To learn more about Deworm the World Initiative, we recommend reading GiveWell’s detailed review.

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