As we close out a busy 2018 at CWW, we reflect on the work we’ve done over last 12 months to engage with countries and partners to improve public health interventions for reducing the burden of Soil-Transmitted Helminth (STH) infections worldwide.
In October 2018, we had the opportunity to present on what’s been keeping us busy in 2018 at the annual COR-NTD and ASTMH meetings in New Orleans.
At the annual COR-NTD meeting, Cassandra Holloway, CWW’s Program Support Specialist, presented on NTDeliver , a new portal that centralizes information and improves the transparency and visibility of the supply chain for medicines donated for fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) including STH.
CWW Director Rubina Imtiaz co-facilitated two sessions, one on mainstreaming the distribution of drugs for STH control after the scale-down of Lymphatic Filariasis interventions and another on identifying persistent hotspots or areas that do not seem to respond well to STH treatment despite multiple rounds of drug distribution.
At the 67th annual ASTHM meeting also in New Orleans, Michael Diaz, Alex Jones, and Rubina Imtiaz presented posters on global progress in drug coverage for all children in countries requiring intestinal deworming interventions and on global trends in coverage of pre-school age children for STH control between 2006 and 2016.
Earlier in 2018, CWW’s Lauren Abrams represented the STH Coalition at the Action Framework meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Lisbon, Portugal. The Action Framework evolved from the London Declaration Score Card and is a common platform for assessing progress across 10 NTDs.
In 2019, we will continue to engage with country programs, the WHO and NGO partners to strengthen national STH control programs to achieve the goal of eliminating morbidity from intestinal worms.
Happy Holidays from ours to yours!