September 18,2014

CWW, STH Coalition Bring Together NGOs in Paris to #StopTheWorms

Paris, credit Benh Lieu Song

CWW staff are heading to Paris for a meeting on September 26th that will bring together non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with members of the STH Coalition – a diverse group of partners committed to collaborative, cross-sectoral strategies for controlling soil transmitted helminthiasis (STH). STH affects the health and development of over 1 billion people worldwide.

This gathering of NGO partners is the culmination of months of hard work to create a partners’ Framework for Action on STH control that will move us closer to realizing the vision of a world in which all children are healthy and reach their full potential.

Momentum around STH control has been building since April when nine partners from the education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), philanthropy, and finance sectors committed US$120 million to combat STH and formed the STH Coalition. CWW is working with these and other partners to forge a united vision on STH control and to encourage new partners – especially NGOs – to join the Coalition’s effort.

Several partners have already made substantial commitments to STH control. For example, Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline have donated up to 6 billion doses of deworming drugs through 2020 – enough to cover all school-age children at risk.  But more partners are needed to scale up deworming, coordinate prevention efforts with the WASH sector, and support advocacy and resource mobilization.

CWW staff and STH Coalition partners will also be joining more than seventy NGOs, donors and governmental agencies next week for the Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) annual meeting to advance the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases, including STH.

We’ll be posting updates on this blog throughout the NNN and STH Coalition meetings to keep you informed. Join the conversation about collaborative efforts to end STH and learn more about STH Coalition partners by following @CWWDirector and #StopTheWorms on Twitter.

Image credit: Benh Lieu Song

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