Low-cost anti-hookworm drug boosts female farmers’ physical fitness

Female farmers carrying jugs of water in Africa.

Impoverished female farm workers infected with intestinal parasites known as hookworms saw significant improvements in physical fitness when they were treated with a low-cost deworming drug. The benefits were seen even in those with low level infections, according to a study co-authored by researchers at Yale and the nonprofit company InnovationsCZ.

The authors say that the beneficial effects of the drug albendazole could be especially important in food-challenged regions of Africa where a large portion of farmers are women and their physical capacity for growing crops and tending to livestock can determine whether their families eat or go hungry.

https://news.yale.edu/2018/04/10/low-cost-anti-hookworm-drug-boosts-female-farmers-physical-fitness