A review and meta-analysis of the impact of intestinal worms on child growth and nutrition

Hall, A., Hewitt, G., Tuffrey, V. and de Silva, N. 2008. A review and meta-analysis of the impact of intestinal worms on child growth and nutrition. Maternal & Child Nutrition. 4 (s1), pp. 118-236.

TitleA review and meta-analysis of the impact of intestinal worms on child growth and nutrition
AuthorsHall, A., Hewitt, G., Tuffrey, V. and de Silva, N.
Abstract

More than a half of the world's population are infected with one or more

species of intestinal worms of which the nematodes Ascaris lumbricoides,

Trichuris trichiura and the hookworms are the most common and important in

terms of child health. This paper: a) introduces the main species of intestinal

worms with particular attention to intestinal nematodes; b) examines how such

worms may affect child growth and nutrition; c) reviews the biological and

epidemiological factors that influence the effects that worms can have on the

growth and nutrition of children; c) considers the many factors that can affect

the impact of treatment with anthelmintic drugs; d) presents the results of a

meta-analysis of studies of the effect of treating worm infections on child

growth and nutrition; e) discusses the results in terms of what is reasonable to expect that deworming alone can achieve; f) describes some important

characteristics of an ideal study of the effects of deworming; and g) comments

on the implications for programmes of recommendations concerning mass

deworming.

KeywordsIntestinal worms, anthelmintics, children, growth, nutrition
JournalMaternal & Child Nutrition
Journal citation4 (s1), pp. 118-236
ISSN1740-8695
YearApr 2008
FileHall_et_al_2008_final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1740-8709.2007.00127.x
Publication dates
PublishedApr 2008

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