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According to the 2012 report ‘Children in India', published by the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India, 48% of children under the age of 5 years are stunted and 19.8% are wasted, indicating that half of the country's children are malnourished.
The next National Deworming Day, a flagship initiative of the Government of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, will be implemented on August 10, 2016, in the 27 states and union territories with high worm burdens.
National Deworming Day is a nation-wide, preschool (anganwadi) and school-based deworming program that aims to provide all children between the ages of 1-19 years with deworming treatment.
On National Deworming Day, Albendazole 400 mg chewable tablet will be administered to children in anganwadis, government, government-aided, and some private schools as well as children who are out-of-school or are unregistered in anganwadis.
The mop-up day, on August 17, will be conducted to reach children who did not get dewormed on deworming day due to sickness or absenteeism.