Our country support focuses on effective intervention delivery, appropriate monitoring of intervention delivery and program impact, building capacity, and coordination of stakeholders under government-led national STH programs.
Country Support
We are committed to supporting comprehensive control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) in endemic countries. When we formed in 2006, our primary focus was the management of Johnson & Johnson’s donation of Vermox™ (mebendazole). That focus included providing technical advisory support to ministries of health and education, and we continue to work with many of the same ministries today.


 

Comprehensive intervention delivery

  • In Ethiopia, we support a J&J-funded project implemented by CARE, piloting WASH – STH control intervention delivery models; the project includes a cost analysis of different WASH interventions.  
  • In Cameroon, we worked with the World Wildlife Fund to support the implementation of the WASHED Framework in the Lobéké area.
  • In Nicaragua and Paraguay, with the support of the Izumi Foundation and CWW national STH control program, we are training teachers to communicate important lessons about STH prevention.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • We support monitoring of national STH control programs, such as in Cambodia and Bangladesh, where we helped ministries of health to implement treatment coverage validation surveys to identify gaps in the delivery of and reporting on preventive chemotherapy and address those gaps.
  • In Cape Verde, Bangladesh, and Uganda, we worked with the ministries of health and education to implement impact surveys to assess STH prevalence and intensity rates after multiple years of mass drug administration.

Capacity Building

  • We support countries in the initial planning phases of their STH programs; with funds from the Izumi Foundation, we worked with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to implement a baseline survey in Bolivia. CWW also provided funding and worked with PAHO to conduct a similar baseline survey in Paraguay.
  • We support the national STH program of Bangladesh through embedded technical advisory assistance.
  • In 2016, we conducted a systematic situational analysis of STH programming in Bangladesh including analysis of current disease epidemiology, government policy, and partner activities. 
  • We conducted an analysis of the national STH control program in Peru to assist J&J and partners to initiate national scale-up of STH control. 
  • We worked with USAID and other partners to initiate the collaborative development of a plan to sustain STH drug treatment coverage in countries scaling down lymphatic filariasis (LF) elimination programs. Among all persons who received preventive chemotherapy for STH in 2014, 22% of preschool age children, 45% of school age children, and virtually all (>100 million) women of child bearing age received treatment through LF elimination programs.   

 Supply Chain

  • We provide ongoing technical support to Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline1 supply chains for drugs donated to control STH. 
  • We supported the NTD Supply Chain Forum to develop and pilot a database (iNTegrateD database) to track requests and shipments of donated drugs for STH and other Neglected Tropical Diseases. Ministries of health and other partners use this database to help ensure the right drugs are in the right place at the right time.

 


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