The TUMIKIA Project aims to determine whether combining school- and community-based deworming is more effective at controling and eliminating soil-transmitted helminths (STH or intestinal worms) in Kenya than school-based deworming alone.
The two-year trial will provide the drug albendazole to all residents from 150 communities in Kwale County, Kenya. There are three study groups:
- Base: annual school-based deworming (ages 2-14)
- Increased coverage: annual school- and community-based deworming (ages 2-99)
- Increased coverage and frequency: bi-annual school- and community-based deworming (ages 2-99)
TUMIKIA stands for 'Tuangamize Minyoo Kenya Imarisha Afya,' which means “eradicate worms in Kenya to improve health,” in Swahili.