What we’re doing; what we’ve done

Last week, NGO partners and members of the STH Coalition convened in Paris to discuss the STH Coalition’s Framework for Action and the critical role that all partners – in particular NGOs – play in accelerating progress.

After a busy week at the NTD NGO Network (NNN) annual meeting in Paris, NGO partners will meet tomorrow with the STH Coalition, a diverse group of partners committed to collaborative, cross-sectoral strategies for controlling soil transmitted helminthiasis (STH). CWW is working with the STH Coalition and other partners to forge a united vision for STH control and to encourage new partners – especially NGOs – to join the Coalition’s effort.

Today in Paris, CWW colleagues Eric Strunz and David Addiss spoke at a meeting on soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and schistosomiasis. The meeting was part of the NTD NGO Network (NNN) annual meeting, which brings together over seventy NGOs, donors and governmental agencies to advance the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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.

Last week marked the celebration of International Youth Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about youth issues worldwide. Ensuring that young people are healthy and developing their full potential represents the heart of CWW’s mission. Our efforts to control and prevent soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections help to bolster the wellbeing of millions of children around the globe. Over 870 million children live in areas where STH are easily transmitted, putting them at risk of stunting, anemia, and other harmful symptoms.

Cross-posted from schoolsandhealth.org

94% of 535 surveyed districts in Ethiopia are endemic for either schistosomiasis and/or soil-transmitted helminths (STH) – Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which are commonly found in schoolchildren.

Earlier this month in Paris, partners from the education, health, nutrition, WASH, philanthropy, and finance sectors announced new commitments of $120 million dollars to combat STH. They include the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dubai Cares, Global Partnership for Education, Mundo Sano, Vitamin Angels, WaterAid, The World Bank, and the World Food Program.

Vitamin Angels is a non-profit organization distributing vitamins and minerals to children and mothers in need. In April of this year, Vitamin Angels announced its commitment of $4.5 million to scale up co-administration of albendazole with vitamin A to all eligible preschool-age children not reached by national health services, and to provide support for technical assistance to its network of field partners. In this article, guest authors Dr. Clayton Ajello and Ms. Ada Lauren of Vitamin Angels discuss the organization's plans to expand co-administration of vitamin A with albendazole and highlight its unique distribution model.

Worldwide, an estimated 190 million children under age five suffer from vitamin A deficiency—and the problem is often compounded by infection with soil-transmitted helminths. In this article, guest authors Dr. Clayton Ajello and Ms. Ada Lauren of Vitamin Angels discuss how co-administration of vitamin A supplementation with deworming treatments can have a big impact on the health and development of young children.

In 2009, with the support of Johnson & Johnson and CWW, the Cambodian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports collaborated with Helen Keller International (HKI) to produce a primary-level curriculum to provide children, teachers and families with knowledge on how improved hygiene practices can help prevent soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH). In 2013, HKI carried out a follow-up survey to assess the project’s impact on knowledge and practices. Results of the survey indicate an increase of knowledge about STH and practices to prevent reinfection.

The pharmaceutical industry donates millions of doses of drugs each year to treat the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Logistics plays a critical role in ensuring these drugs make it the many miles from their point of manufacture to the people who need them. The NTD Supply Chain Forum, a coalition of partners engaged in the donation of drugs for NTDs, has been formed to identify and overcome challenges related to shipping and in-country transportation.

Today, a new collaboration was announced to combat soil-transmitted helminths (STH), a group of intestinal worms that are among the most common infections in children living in poverty.

A team of researchers from Children Without Worms (CWW), Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute led an effort to review and summarize evidence linking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) with soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH). The study, published yesterday in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine, found that individuals who had access to improved water and sanitation, or practiced specific hygiene behaviors, had significantly lower chances (odds) of being infected with STH.

To promote increased collaboration between the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors, a new set of tools is now available to provide WASH practitioners with information about how their work prevents NTDs. The toolkit is comprised of country-specific manuals, an e-course, and a dedicated website available at www.washntds.org.

In September 2013, CWW joined the WASHplus program of FHI 360 to conduct a USAID-sponsored assessment in Bangladesh of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and STH control landscapes. The assessment sought to identify opportunities for collaboration between stakeholders in the WASH and STH control sectors.

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