Tracking Worms Troubles to Monitor a Country's Health
Sabin's President, Dr. Peter Hotez, is highlighted in a piece discussing the "worm index", a study he co-authored, which ranks the world's 25 most populous countries by how big a problem they have with three types of worms: intestinal soil-borne, water-snail-borne, and mosquito-borne.
"The index compares those countries by their rankings in the United Nations human development index, which includes not just income, but years of schooling and years lived in good health."
The authors argue that aggressive deworming programs, which are relatively cheap, eventually bolster economies. Dewormed children attend more school, and adults without swelling or organ damage earn more at farming or other jobs.