At NNN Meeting, Forging New Partnerships to #StopTheWorms
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).
These two NTDs share many features: both are diseases of poverty caused by parasitic worms, are associated with poor sanitation, and have a devastating impact on the health of women and children. Significantly, cost-effective interventions exist for both diseases, including deworming.
“Because of the overlap of these two diseases and the shared 'platforms' for deworming –especially schools – it is absolutely essential for those of us working to control STH and schistosomiasis to collaborate closely,” Dr. Addiss said.
During the meeting, Eric previewed an exciting new online resource for those working on NTDs, the NTD Partners Map. The NTD Partners Map will foster more opportunities for collaboration, fundraising and advocacy among organizations working on NTDs by enabling partners to more easily – and visually – share information on who is working where.
The STH and schistosomaisis meeting today helped advance joint collaboration and lay out critical next steps. This discussion will continue and be expanded to include other NTDs and other sectors during a meeting between NGOs and STH Coalition partners on Friday, September 26th.
All week, we will be posting on the CWW blog and Twitter about the STH Coalition. Join the conversation or learn more about STH Coalition partners by following @CWWDirector and #StopTheWorms.