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In 2009 Kenya was on a mission to improve their economy Kenyans hadbeen recovering from a 24-year long tyrannic rule by President Danielarap Moi During his rule Kenyas government became plagued withcorruption Kenya struggled with defining a course for recovery Thebest way to create a country of growth is to give the children of Kenyaa quality education Efforts were made towards making education apriority Personnel at the Ministries of Education MoE focused on thedirect correlation between recurring childhood illness and low rates ofschool attendance A mass fecal examination in Kenya determined that about five million568 children suffered from intestinal parasitic worm infectionsChildren infected were listless and often too tired to participate oreven attend school Studies have shown that worm infected children alsoexperience an average IQ loss of 375 points Efforts to create access to cleaner water and a separate waste systemwould be too costly for Kenyas shattered and frail budget Parasiticworm infections could be treated relatively easily inexpensively andsafely with readily available drugs paired with grass root levelawareness and education Infection does not have to be proven to takethe medication This saves a lot of time money and resources ontesting children first to see if they are infected before distributingthe medication There was a previous small scale effort to deworm but those effortslacked coordination There was however much to learn from thoseefforts Edward Miguel a professor of Economics at University ofCalifornia Berkeley and Michael Kremer and Economics professor atHarvard University were both interested in the effects of health oneducation They were able to evaluate the impact of deworming at theschool level instead of the individual level by studying the specificeffort of one small non-governmental organization International ChildSupport Miguel and Kremer noticed a spillover effect on untreatedchildren who although not treated still benefited from a dewormingprogram due to a lower transmission rate as there were fewer overallinfections They found that deworming could reduce school absenteeism by25 Childhood illness is accepted as normal
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