Quarterly Dose

Review past articles from the Quarterly Dose.

New STH Advisory Committee Members: Seung Lee

June 3, 2013 by Kerry Gallo

“School health is about improving quality of life by preventing illness.”

Read an interview with Seung Lee, Senior Director of School Health and Nutrition at Save the Children, and new member of the STH Advisory Committee. Click the "Read More" link below for the full article.

In: June 2013 

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New STH Advisory Committee Members: Dr. Charles Mwandawiro

June 3, 2013 by Kerry Gallo

“We need to engage governments and communities from the start.”

Read an interview with Dr. Charles Mwandawiro, Chief Research Officer and Assistant Director of Partnership and Collaboration at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and new member of the STH Advisory Committee. Click the "Read More" link below for the full article.

In: June 2013 

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Letter from the Director: January 2013

January 31, 2013 by David Addiss

Dr. David Addiss, Director of Children Without Worms, introduces the January 2013 issue of The Quarterly Dose. Click the "Read More" link below for the full letter.

In: January 2013 

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WASH and NTDs: Moving Collaboration Forward

January 31, 2013 by Kerry Gallo

Considerable progress is being made to increase collaboration between the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors. Through a series of dialogues, both sectors are reflecting on the  greater positive impact on the health and development that can be achieved by working together. Joint projects between the two sectors are already underway. Click the "Read More" link below for the full article.

Image: A girl in West Amhara, Ethiopia, collects water for her family. (Photo credit: S. Ogden)

 

In: January 2013 

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Deworming in Madagascar: The Power of Partnerships

January 30, 2013 by Kerry Gallo

Madagascar child receiving mebendazole

In Madagascar, 5.42 million children are at risk of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH)—nearly the entire school-age population. The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is partnering with other government agencies, pharmaceutical donor Johnson & Johnson, United Nations agencies, and non-governmental organizations to improve the lives of Madagascan children through deworming. Madagascar’s deworming program is a valuable example of the power of partnerships in strengthening health delivery systems. In this article, Dr. Alain Rahetilahy, Director of the Service for Control of Epidemiological and Neglected Diseases and the Focal Point for Preventive Chemotherapy of the MOPH of Madagascar, shares his experiences from the field. Click the "Read More" link below for the full article. The French version of this article is located here.

Photo caption: Children in Madagascar received Vermox™ to treat STH infection during a deworming campaign in November/December 2012 (Photo credit: A. Rahetilahy)

 

In: January 2013 

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Le déparasitage à Madagascar: Le pouvoir des partenariats

January 29, 2013 by Kerry Gallo

À Madagascar, 5,42 millions d’enfants sont exposés au risque de géohelminthiases, soit pratiquement la totalité des enfants d’âge scolaire. Le Ministère de la Santé Publique (MSANP), en partenariat avec des agences gouvernementales, la compagnie pharmaceutique Johnson & Johnson, des agences des Nations Unies et des organismes non gouvernementaux, a entrepris des campagnes de déparasitage afin d’améliorer la vie des enfants malgaches. Le programme de déparasitage de Madagascar est un excellent exemple de la façon dont  les partenariats permettent de renforcer les systèmes de prestation des soins de la santé. Dans cet article, le Dr Alain Rahetilahy,  chef de service de la Lutte contre les Maladies Épidémiques et Négligées et Point focal de chimiothérapie préventive du MSANP de Madagascar, fait part de ses expériences sur le terrain. Pour lire l'article, cliquez "Read More". La version anglaise de cet article se trouve ici.

Photo : Des enfants à Madagascar sont traités au Vermox™, lors d’une campagne de déparasitage pour lutter contre les géohelminthiases, qui s’est déroulée en novembre/décembre 2012 (Photo : A. Rahetilahy).

In: January 2013 

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Mapping This Wormy World with Professor Simon Brooker

January 29, 2013 by CWW and GAHI

GAHI Ethiopia map

If you’ve ever searched online for information on school-based deworming and neglected tropical disease (NTD) control, you’ve probably come across www.thiswormyworld.org. The website houses the Global Atlas of Helminth Infections (GAHI) project, which provides the most comprehensive maps for soil-transmitted helminths (STH), schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis currently available. These maps are the product of painstaking data collation and analysis combined with statistical modeling; they illustrate the scope of the problem of these infections at the country level, and provide a valuable source of information for program planning, research, and advocacy. The GAHI project is led by Dr. Simon Brooker, Professor of Epidemiology and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and member of the STH Advisory Committee, and his team of epidemiologists. In this article we present a “Q&A” with Dr. Brooker, who takes readers into the world of disease mapping. Click the "Read More" link below for the full interview.

Image: An example of a predictive risk map for STH in Ethiopia - areas in red have a high probability that prevalence of infection exceeds 20% in the population, yellow areas have medium probability, and blue areas have the lowest probability (Image credit: GAHI, B. Nigut)

 

In: January 2013 

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Letter from the Director: August 2012

August 15, 2012 by David Addiss

CWW Director Dr. David Addiss introduces us to this issue of the Quarterly Dose, which discusses highlights of the recent technical assistance workshop sponsored by CWW in Manila; presents lessons learned from Nicaragua's intestinal worm control program; and introduces you to our new WASH Coordinator, Ms. Stephanie Ogden.

Click the Read More link below to read the complete Letter from the Director.

In: August 2012 

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Children Without Worms Hosts Western Pacific Region Workshop

August 15, 2012 by CWW Staff

Wester Pacific Region Technical Assistance Workshop

This past May, 47 participants, including representatives from six Western Pacific countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID, non-governmental organizations, the STH Advisory Committee and Johnson & Johnson, attended a technical assistance workshop sponsored by Children Without Worms. Read the full article, and learn why Dr. John Ehrenberg, Director of Communicable Diseases for the Western Pacific Regional Office of WHO, described the workshop as a “landmark” meeting.

(Attendees from countries around the Western Pacific region gathered at CWW’s Technical Assistance Workshop to discuss issues related to soil-transmitted helminthiasis control. Photo credit: K. Gallo.)

In: August 2012 

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Keys to Success with Nicaragua’s Intestinal Worm Control Program

August 15, 2012 by CWW Staff

Intestinal worm control in Nicaragua

With prevalence of infection with soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) reaching levels of 84 percent in some communities in Nicaragua, the country’s Ministry of Health recognized the importance of reducing the disease burden on its population. A recent case study on Nicaragua’s intestinal control efforts by two Masters candidates at George Washington University highlights how Nicaragua, despite challenges, has made significant progress in these STH control efforts. Read the full article to discover what lessons we can learn from Nicaragua's experiences in intestinal worm control.

  • (Children line up to receive mebendazole during a deworming day campaign. Photo credit: J&J/CWW)

In: August 2012 

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