August 25,2017
Read the August 2017 CWW Quarterly Dose Newsletter here!
August 23,2017
STH Coalition partners, and increasingly ministry of health-led national STH programs it supports, aim to achieve the WHO-defined goal of eliminating STH as a public health problem by 2020. To achieve this important goal, the Coalition advocates for a comprehensive approach to STH control. Such an approach relies, in part, on clear governmental policies. These policies may be directly related to STH control; for example, a policy on child health clearly states the government’s goal for STH contr...
August 23,2017
It’s an oft-quoted adage that “if you can't measure it, you can't manage it.” Nowhere is that maxim more firmly embraced than among the constellation of STH Coalition as they collectively advance the global goal of “elimination of STH as a public health problem.” The WHO defines elimination of STH as a public health problem as achieving a prevalence of moderate-to-heavy STH infection of less than 1% among pre-school age children (1-4 years) and school-age children (5-14 years), key at-risk...
August 15,2017
NTD NGDO Network (NNN) Annual Meeting, Dakar, Senegal, September 28-30 Policy Assessment workshop (time TBD) Data Improvement workshop (time TBD) STH Coalition Meeting (September 30, 2:00-5:00 PM) Read more about the Coalition-hosted NNN workshops here.  STH Advisory Committee Meeting, Baltimore, USA, November 1-2
July 17,2017
Read the April 2017 CWW Quarterly Dose here!
April 10,2017
Participants of the second annual STH Coalition Action Group second, held in February 2017, identified 2017 Coalition focus areas including: robust monitoring of drug treatment coverage and disease prevalence and intensity of infection; and expanded access to quality generic drugs. Participants recognized the recent increases in drug coverage globally and the important reductions in disease resulting from preventive chemotherapy. These achievements are causes for optimism as we approach the 2020...
April 10,2017
Note: Dr. Addiss is the former Director of Children Without Worms and has long explored and written about the emerging field of ethics in public health. The term global health refers to a long list of issues, dozens of disciplines, innumerable ideas. But to David Addiss, one theme has gone conspicuously missing from the global discourse on global health -- “compassion.” Several years ago, the medical epidemiologist and recently departed director of CWW set out to explore the role of compassi...
April 10,2017
Global STH control: at a crossroads For more than a decade globally, programming to control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) has rightly focused on preventive chemotherapy with great success. Indeed, we’re pleased that the global community is on track to reach the World Health Organization (WHO) target of treating 75% of at-risk children with anthelmintic drugs by 2020. However, the number of endemic countries which are unlikely to reach the 75% target is cause for concern and r...
April 6,2017
Key stakeholders in the global fight to eliminate intestinal worms as a public health problem will now emphasize measuring disease levels to track the program impact. This shift is a result of an agreement advanced at the STH Coalition’s Action Group annual meeting, held in February. Mass drug administration (MDA) with deworming medicines has reduced the global burden of intestinal worms. Drug treatment coverage rates have been the traditional measure used to track programs in endemic countri...

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