Researchers at The University of Manchester have developed an educational programme that focuses on the immune response and biology of parasitic worm infections.
Around two billion people worldwide have intestinal worm infections. The World Health Organisation estimates that 600 million school-age children need deworming treatment and preventive intervention.
As parasitic worms can infect livestock, this issue also damages the global economy.
Although cheap and effective medicines are available, their use encourages drug resistance and does not prevent reinfection, so these medicines are not a sustainable solution.
Education about transmission and appropriate treatment is crucial to the reduction of the impact of worm infections across the globe.
Manchester's education programme, known as The Worm Wagon, has already benefited a wide audience. The team has been involved in over 40 events with more than 68,000 participants.
The team's audiences have been varied, representing the large scope of people that worm infections affect.
As well as students and health workers, the team make sure to target areas where worm infections are most prevalent, such as Uganda, Pakistan and the UK's immigrant communities.