A Message of Change from Children Without Worms

We envision a world where children are healthy and develop to their full potential. How do we get there? Change is in the air.

This April, at the Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases meeting in Paris, Children Without Worms (CWW) was charged with uniting a broad set of partners around an expanded vision for the treatment and prevention of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), a condition caused by parasites commonly known as intestinal worms.

As many as 1.5 billion people are at risk for STH—and as many as 875 million of those are children. Worm infections have damaging consequences to those infected, to families, and to communities.

Deworming treatments, through drug donations from Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline, have and will continue to be essential. But they are only part of the solution. We must address the core factors that can stop STH in the first place — access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene, safe agricultural practices, nutrition, and education.

That is why CWW’s new charge is so important. We want to build on the knowledge and connections we have forged as drug donation specialists and create an even broader network of organizations directly involved in these essential areas.

We are moving quickly to foster stronger partnerships and collaborative endeavors essential to stopping the devastating impact of intestinal worms. We invite you to be part of this change.