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.
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.
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.
Soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH) may affect up to 1 billion children globally. These parasites inhibit children’s ability to learn, grow, and become productive members of their communities. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are fighting intestinal parasites by distributing deworming medication to children—but these substantial efforts often go uncounted by the wider global health community, leading to wasted resources and missed opportunities.
Children Without Worms (CWW) has supported national Ministries of Health and Ministries of Education in implementing comprehensive programs to control soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH). Eight years later, we are celebrating progress made with our partners and resolving to build on these accomplishments to support the achievement of long-term global STH control.