Worm Hunters is a project that combines a deworming and public engagement programmes taking place at Ciénaga, a town in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, with a prevalence of 50% of trichuriasis in children.

From February 18th to 25th 2018, the Worm Hunters team will visit a primary school at Ciénaga and work with 120 children that are 7 to 10 years old.

Through the Worm Hunters project, we aim to:

  1. Diagnose intestinal parasitic worm infections and deworm the children.
  2. Interact with the children and their families via a comic and other public engagement activities to educate them on parasitic worms, specifically whipworms, the disease it causes, how it can be prevented and treated. We also want to explain them the science we do to better understand the disease using the parasite material we will obtain from the study. Additionally, we want to inspire the children to become future researchers.
  3. Collect adult whipworms and eggs that will help us to continue our studies on trichuriasis using alternative approaches to animal experiments.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under a Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant and also by an NC3Rs David Sainsbury Fellowship.