Parasitic worms hold back human progress. Here’s how we can end them | Ellen Agler

Parasitic worms hold back human progress. Here’s how we can end them | Ellen Agler

These are worms. Not the kind of worms
you find crawling in the dirt. These are parasitic roundworms. They live inside
a human being’s intestines. Each of these worms
can grow up to 12 inches long, and there are 200 of them
in this jar for a reason, because that is the number
you might typically find in the belly of a single infected child. Worm infections have been around
for thousands of years. They have influenced the outcomes of wars, and they have long stymied human health. Roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, schistosomiasis: infections from these species
cause pain and discomfort. They steal nutrients and zap energy. They stunt both physical
and cognitive growth. In most cases, these worms
may not be fatal, but paradoxically,
that’s part of the problem. It means that many countries simply have not been able
to prioritize their treatment. There’s a social cost to that: children without access
to deworming treatments have lower rates of school attendance. Adults who grow up
without deworming medicine are less productive
and have lower lifelong earnings. What intestinal worms do, really, is limit potential. Currently, there are 1.7 billion people
in the world still at risk for worms. Six hundred million of them are in Africa. For every dollar invested
in worm control and prevention, African countries see up to 42 dollars
return in economic benefits. The good news is that deworming
treatment is extremely easy. One to three pills
given once or twice a year is enough to take a child
from 200 worms to zero and to protect them
from infection going forward. In communities where
there’s a high prevalence of worms, treatment can be done right at school. This process is extremely simple and fast. In Ethiopia, for example,
this is done for 20 million children in a matter of weeks. The world has come a long way on getting deworming medicines
to the people who need them, and African governments
want to gain more traction. It’s now time to match their ambition. The END Fund will work with governments to create a plan that drastically reduces
the burden of disease caused by worms. They’ll work together to ensure
prevention and treatment programs can serve everyone. The END Fund has an audacious idea: they believe we are the generation to end
sickness from worm infections forever. The key is not simply to build
new programs from scratch, but to amplify the efforts of the programs
that are already taking shape. By examining the problem
of how worms transmit disease, the END Fund has identified five key areas
where they can drive improvement. Number one: lower the cost of treatment. Many pharmaceutical companies
offer deworming medicines for free, so the END Fund
works with the right partners to coordinate their delivery. They will continue
to secure drug donations for additional at-risk populations. They can now do it for less
than 25 cents per child per year. Number two: focus on prevention. The END Fund calls in the right partners
to educate communities on sanitation and hygiene in order to change behaviors
around things like hand-washing and latrine use, ensuring people
are not continually reinfected. Number three: invest in innovation. The END Fund has contributed to deworming by introducing innovative techniques
that effectively target and treat people. They will test new delivery methods, target the environments
where parasites thrive and influence behavior change. Number four: monitor and evaluate. The END Fund collects detailed data
on all programs on a regular basis to help them get better
and better over time. Number five: increase local ownership. At all stages of the process, the END Fund works with government
and local stakeholders to encourage cofinancing commitments
that support deworming efforts. They also worked
with African philanthropists and corporate leaders
to partner on these efforts. There’s an incredible opportunity
to work together to create a new system for disease elimination
for the next decade and beyond. Part of the money the END Fund needs will go directly toward delivering
deworming treatments to communities that need it and part will go towards facilitating
the handover of programs to local ownership. Together, these efforts will create
prevention and treatment programs that are sustainable far into the future. If this plan gets fully funded
for the next six years, tens of millions of people
will receive deworming treatment. With that, countries will be interrupting
the cycle of disease transmission at all levels, and most importantly, people
will experience significant improvements in their mental, physical
and social health. Just imagine the potential
that will be gained when people can stop worrying about these and can put their energy
into things like these. (Students’ overlapping voices) (Clapping and singing) (Cheering)

93 Replies to “Parasitic worms hold back human progress. Here’s how we can end them | Ellen Agler”

  1. Fox tapeworm and other worms living in the hepatic and not the intestinal excluded, curing worm diseases is so easy, horrible that theire still are over a billion people threatened by them

  2. Оказывается гельминты, а не капиталисты-буржуи во всём виноваты! Вот оно в чём дело! В правильных таблеточках!

  3. Could we see a graph or timeline of purely African contributions from purely African cultures, on top of that why would giving money to a random ngo help? Why is monetary means the only way to measure there worth? I feel like this whole idea is really racist and reductive.

  4. It’s not really the worms themselves, it’s the situation that got these people parasitic infections in the first place. A lack of resources such as clean water and a healthy supply of food plus vaccinations and medicine.

  5. Remember: First world countries have also parasitic worms, specially now that home pets are increasing. A rule of thumb is to take deworming medicine at the same time your dog (or pet) takes it.

  6. but curing illnesses is africa is part of the problem of overpopulance, could you imagine if all those 10 children per family live and all get electricity, cable,TV, a Car wealth that would create a humungus amount of polution and if they get more wealthy that means the west loses wealth.

  7. Well, I think the first thing that we should do is teach these “people” how to use a toilet! Streets, sidewalks and public fountains aren’t crappers. Screw them! DARWINISM! Stop saving the most inferior of our species!

  8. If I can get Parasitic Worms, like from Phillip J. Fry's Egg Salad Truck Stop sandwich (Parasites Lost 3ACV02) , I will gladly keep them.

  9. Awesome 👍 that it's improving positively and awareness is increased. Parasitic Worms are something that make me cringe. 🐛🐛🐛 Here's to your health 🍷

  10. Parasites are a problem world wide. Even people here in the USA have them. They are said to be the root cause of cancer along with other diseases. Fenbendozole said to be the cure. Can get it from the vet or feed store for about $7.00.

  11. Was this a real speaker or narrator? Important issue, but poor presentation TED. Reminded me of those old black and white films we saw during school in the 1950s.

  12. Also holding people back parasitic tin foil hat nuts with bogus cure all scams, tin foil hats pushing for opinions of feels over facts that save lives, denialists of reality keeping even their own kids in medical neglect, and anti science cults like those that give out MMS bleach faith among such cults of the like in getting rich off the third world and desperation.

  13. Are these albendazole pills? Treatment was not specified. Garlic, cayenne pepper, black walnut hulls and wormwood all can be effective as can clove bud oil. Alkalizing the body/pJ of 7.3 is most desirable to rid these crappers!!

  14. Lol its not the worms its education, poverty and bad governments. Worms wouldnt exsist if poverty wasnt so rampant in third world countries.

  15. How does charity work in Africa? Do the governments in Africa take away significant amount of donations? Who will monitor the implementing?
    We have terrible memories about a woman called Guo Meimei, who frequently showed her fancy cars, such as Maserati, on her social media. And people found out she was with(or related to) China Red Cross Association. Well that happened years ago. Some other weird stuff happened to this “China Red Cross” too when people donated medical supplies to Wuhan to fight Covid-19. They gave most of the crucial equipments to those hospitals that don’t treat infectious diseases while the major hospitals that only treat Covid-19 only get a tiny amount of the donation. IT IS NOT A JOKE, it actually happened, not very long ago, under the attention of vast amount of people all over the country.
    I wonder how different it is in Africa

  16. Another title that's a crock of s***.
    Politics and statutes hold back human progress.
    Stop trying so hard to be important by skewing the truth

  17. Me making my day and my work done
    It’s as simple as possible
    Me kicking off just because my mom
    Need my help to get free time
    Crying not happen
    Sir can win just my having job
    Then my will kick off house
    I will bet and anything comes in between no one will stop me
    Have fun

  18. Instead of pills they should be educating them on eating healthy. Behind closed doors, these wicked people are poisoning the Afrikan childrens future!! Most of these medicines are wicked & there's agenda behind them… Afrika has ALL sorts of Herbs & plants that can cure almost any dis-eases. So why not focus on that treatment instead of MAN-MADE pill in a lab where no one can track to see what the long term effects will be on these children. I hope majority of Afrikan children become lawyers in near future & go after these wicked pharmasutical companies!!


  19. This is far away from the best presentation ever by Simon Sinek I watched it last night and I'm really impressed 👍🏻

  20. Very important video. Parasitic worm infections continue to be a problem in Southeast Asia and Latin America, and is still a problem in parts of the U.S.

  21. All I have to say is what the f*** is a matter with the African government this is 20/20 and they still live over there like it's the Dark Ages the people a lot of them are so uneducated it's a shame but yet they want to kill off the white Farmers so they can all starve I guess they'll have worms to eat

  22. I thought i was getting an ad before the video… Guess the video wás the ad… When did TED become an advertising platform?

  23. Sounds convincing, but arent there other areas of development (or health issues like blindness) that are far more effective when it comes to increasing productivity?

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