August 02,2015

Summit Session Produces Roadmap for School-age Children Deworming

On June 26, 2015, in a meeting room at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London, 23 major players in school-age deworming came together to identify barriers and create a roadmap for scaling up deworming using the school platform. A Summit Session on School-Age Deworming was organized by the World Health Organization, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the School-Age Children Workstream of the STH Coalition, and Children Without Worms (CWW).
Akudo Anyanwu, Director of Partnerships for CWW, and Grace Hollister, chair of the School-Age Children Workstream of the STH Coalition, facilitated the meeting and led participants through a day of discussion and activities that resulted in the development of action items and priority deliverables that will assist in scaling up the deworming of school-age children globally.
“We’ve had energetic and highly engaged conversations,” William Lin, Director of Worldwide Corporate Contributions with Johnson & Johnson, said after the meeting. “We have promises of improving health and developmental outcomes of children in high disease burden countries.”
“This meeting laid the foundation for an action plan that can coordinate action at global and national levels,” said David Addiss, Director for CWW. “This is important because it will help us to reach WHO’s 2020 target for deworming 75% of school-age children in need of preventive treatment in 100% of endemic countries.”   
CWW reported on the meeting in real-time from its @CWWDirector Twitter handle and will continue providing updates and information about actions stemming from this meeting using #sthcoalition. See the Storify (link is external) from this meeting and follow us for updates.

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