Monitoring and Evaluating Life-changing Health and Education Work

October 12, 2012 by Andrea Spillmann

If I were to tell you that there is one health issue that could have drastic effects on children’s school attendance, participation, achievement and even decrease their earnings as adults, what would you guess it is? What if I told you that nearly 600 million school-age children worldwide are at risk of it? I bet parasitic worms wouldn’t be your first guess, but that’s the answer. A widespread but mostly overlooked problem, it is in fact simple and affordable to treat.  For less than 50 US cents per child per year, deworming in schools can immediately rid large numbers of children of this devastating health condition with rigorously proven educational benefits.

Alissa Fishbane, Deworm the World Photo taken by Alissa Fishbane, Deworm the World

Deworm the World (DtW), operated as an initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action, improves the health and education of children worldwide by supporting governments and development partners to expand school-based deworming programs at a national level.  DtW has reached over 40 million children in 27 countries by supporting the launch of new large-scale programs and enabling the continued activity of existing ones. They achieve impact by identifying what is needed to launch and sustain effective school-based deworming programs and coordinating the technical assistance needed to regularly treat many millions of children each year.

Captricity will support their incredible work by providing 5000 pages of free data digitization to the Kenya National School-based Deworming Programme. This program, begun in 2009 and relaunched in 2012, is technically assisted by DtW and targets over 5 million children in 111 districts of Kenya. As the bulk of the data is collected at school level in over 10,000 schools, paper based collection is currently the only option. From this school level data the program needs to evaluate program effectiveness while generating school, district and national estimates of the treated populations. Manual entry has been time-consuming and logistically challenging, but an early trial has shown that Captricity could be a viable alternative. As a result, they’ll use the first chunk of their free digitization to really put Captricity to the test and determine how it can best improve their work-flow and perhaps be implemented on a larger scale.  Stay tuned for the results and to learn more about how Captricity will ultimately support this life-changing work!

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