CWW Co-sponsors Symposium at ASTMH Conference

October 19, 2012 by Kerry Gallo

November 12: CWW and SCI co-hosting symposium at ASTMH on the impact of WASH for STH and schistosomiasis control.

 

Symposium Event at The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 61st Annual Meeting

Beyond MDA to Sustained Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions

Monday, November 12, 2012, 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
For more information about the conference, visit http://www.astmh.org/Home.htm

 

Sponsored by Children Without Worms (CWW) and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).

The primary control strategy for controlling schistosomiasis and STH infections has been the use of anthelminthic drugs for mass treatment of populations at risk of infection. However, because rates of reinfection following mass treatment are high in the absence of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene education, deworming alone is unlikely to break the cycle of transmission or result in sustained control of disease.This symposium will describe the effectiveness of WASH interventions in reducing transmission of both schistosomiasis and STH, their importance in sustaining gains made through mass chemotherapy, and highlight new research findings into the mapping and effect of WASH interventions on transmission and disease.

Symposium Chairs:

David Addiss, Children Without Worms (CWW) and Alan Fenwick, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)

Presenters:

Matthew Freeman, Emory University Center for Global Safe Water (CGSW)
The impact of access to school sanitation and hygiene in mitigating reinfection of soil-transmitted helminths in Kenya 

Jack Grimes, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), Imperial College, London
Review of impact of water and sanitation on schistosomiasis and STH

Mike Templeton, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College, London
Water quality: Mapping Strategies and Application to NTDs

Juerg Utzinger, Swiss Tropical Institute
A systematic review and meta-analysis pertaining to the effect of sanitation on preventing soil-transmitted helminth infections