Deworming is accomplished through distribution of two types of drugs, Praziquantel and Albendazole, targeting Bilharzia (Schistosomiasis) and other intestinal worms (STH - Soil Transmitted Helminths) respectively. Albendazole is also used for treating Lymphatic Filariasis - another neglected tropical disease that is prevalent in some regions.
In areas where the government holds regular deworming campaigns, the NALA team would support the efforts or supplement school based campaigns with community wide campaigns where necessary.
The deworming campaign is always accompanied by a public awareness campaign that uses this opportunity to expose the community to information about disease prevention.
Between 2012 and 2015, NALA coordinated mass drug administration to over 750,000 school children as part of the Deworm-Tigray campaign. Deworm-Tigrayis a partnership between The Tigray Regional Health Bureau, NALA, OSSHD, and the Imperial College Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI). The partnership aims to support the state of Tigray in becoming free of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by conducting mass drug administration campaigns (MDAs), and initiating community health campaigns and health education activities that advocate for behavioral change.