Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries. This Evidence Update is adapted from Taylor-Robinson DC, Maayan N, Soares-Weiser K, Donegan S, Garner P. Deworming drugs for soil-transmitted intestinal worms in children: effects on nutritional indicators, haemoglobin and school performance. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD000371. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000371.pub4.
Deworming programmes may have no effect on average weight, haemoglobin, or cognitive ability. There is not enough evidence to know if deworming improves school attendance.
Jones, B. In areas where intestinal worm infection is common, does giving school children deworming drugs improve their health and school performance? Evidence Update, Child Health Series, January 2013. Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK (2013) 2 pp.