Letter from the Director: September 2009
September 9, 2009 by Kim Koporc
In this edition of the Quarterly Dose, read about approaches for monitoring drug coverage, program partner Dr. Jeremiahs Twa-Twa of Uganda, and program country success story for Lao PDR.
One of the biggest challenges our program, and other programs like Children Without Worms (CWW) face, is evaluating program effectiveness. Key to this evaluation is monitoring drug coverage--the percent of people in a targeted population who ingested the drug or drug combinations. In this issue, we describe CWW's approach to monitoring drug coverage, highlighting the new World Health Organization (WHO) guide to monitoring drug coverage upon which we based much of our approach.
In this issue, we also describe the work of Dr. Jeremiahs Twa-Twa of Uganda's Ministry of Health. Dr. Twa-Twa manages his country's Child Health Days Plus program, which delivers critical child health interventions, including bi-annual deworming. We next place the spotlight on the program in Lao PDR, where a tight collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education has resulted in a highly effective school-based deworming program.
I hope you are as energized as I am by the successes of our program. I feel so fortunate to work with such dedicated people in a program that helps so many children lead healthier, worm-free lives.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Children Without Worms.
Children Without Worms
In: September 2009