Children Without Worms was created as a partnership…

…from the very beginning.

CWW was founded in 2006 as a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and the Task Force for Global Health to support the global control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH).

Children Without Worms still operates through partnerships, with our mission as the driving force.

Today CWW also collaborates with GlaxoSmithKline, the World Health Organization (WHO), government ministries of health and education, multilateral donor agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Our partnerships are all in the service of controlling intestinal worms, ensuring that children are healthy and developing to their full potential, no matter where in the world they may live. CWW partners have facilitated more than 176 million treatments of school-age children at risk of STH in 14 countries with Vermox™ from 2007 to 2012.

We have the technical expertise and relationship capital to affect real change through the capabilities of our partners. This is proven through our history. Shortly after our founding, Johnson & Johnson’s first donations of Vermox™ (mebendazole) were approved for Bangladesh, Cameroon, Uganda, and Zambia, with Cambodia, Cape Verde, Lao PDR, and Nicaragua following shortly thereafter. We have built trusted relationships with government ministries, NGOs and other stakeholders within these countries and in many more.

We have hosted regional and national workshops, sponsored research, assisted in developing educational programs and much more. Over time we have earned the respect of others—around the globe—for convening partners to combat STH. Now, as a result of the Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases meeting in Paris, that has become an enhanced mission. As CWW takes on a broader role we will proudly rely on our history of strong partnerships and collaboration.

Our Staff

David Addiss, MD, MPH, Director

As Children Without Worms’ director, Dr. David Addiss is responsible for the overall success of the program by providing leadership and technical expertise. He leads the collaborations with external partners such as WHO, the World Bank, NGOs and other organizations involved in the control of STH around the world.

Prior to joining Children Without Worms, David was a physician consultant in Michigan where he provided services in preventive medicine, science, and global health while teaching at Kalamazoo College. He also served as a senior program officer at the Fetzer Institute, responsible for directing and planning Fetzer’s research program.

David began his public health career at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 20 years, conducting research on the prevention and control of parasitic diseases, with an emphasis on lymphatic filariasis and other neglected tropical diseases. He co-founded and co-directed WHO’s Collaborating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas, based at CDC. David received an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Kim Koporc, MPH, MBA, Director of Program Implementation

Kim has over 20 years of experience in international health and development. As director of program implementation for Children Without Worms, she provides strategic oversight and interacts with program partners and recipients of donated albendazole and Vermox™ (mebendazole) to promote comprehensive control of STH. Before joining the program, Kim served as a project manager for several programs of The Task Force for Global Health. Prior to that, Kim worked for four years as a consultant, specializing in international health in East and West Africa. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, where she established a district-wide water and sanitation health program. Kim received her Masters of Public Health from Tulane University and her Masters of Business Administration from Emory University.

Akudo Anyanwu, MD, MPH, Director of Partnerships

Akudo manages partnerships and provides strategic direction to the STH Coalition. With over 15 years of leadership experience in international development, Akudo has served as Executive Director for Friends Africa and as Country Advisor and then as Country Director for Columbia University's Access Project. In these roles, Akudo provided technical assistance to countries enabling them to access and manage funds from Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, including securing $480 Million in funding for Nigeria from the Global Fund.

Alex Jones, MPA, Deputy Director for Management and Operations

As Deputy Director for Management and Operations for Children Without Worms, Alex is responsible for program operations, technical development, implementation, human resources, and financial oversight. Alex has more than a decade of global health experience including seven years managing various aspects of The Carter Center – South Sudan’s support to that country’s trachoma control and Guinea worm eradication programs.

His tenure with The Carter Center – South Sudan includes roles as the deputy country representative and country representative. During the same period, he contributed to a greater than 80% reduction in new Guinea worm cases while designing, establishing, and managing technical, operational, and administrative structures supporting hundreds of staff and thousands of volunteers. In addition, Alex has worked as a consultant for various public health organizations including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked with various ministries of health to build epidemiological capacity and develop management systems. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and Master of Public Administration degree from the George Washington University. 

Cassandra Holloway, Program Coordinator

Cassandra manages supply chain logistics for CWW. Working with the World Health Organization, she forecasts shipments, reviews orders, and then coordinates shipments of donated Vermox to the recipient countries. She is a lead member of the NTD Supply Chain Forum, a group that works to streamline the processes for moving donated drugs from point of production to their final destination in communities. At CWW, she has also been responsible for IT functions and technical projects, including automated reporting and database management. Cassandra received her Bachelors of Science in environmental health from East Tennessee State University.

Eric Strunz, MPH, Decision Support Analyst

Eric Strunz serves as the decision support analyst for CWW, managing data, performing analyses, systematically reviewing evidence, mapping geospatial information, developing online knowledge management tools, and providing comprehensive technical support to CWW. Eric previously worked with the American Red Cross in Los Angeles, collaborating with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to implement vaccine clinics during the height of the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic. His work experience also includes time with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication. Eric earned his Masters in Public Health degree from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He also earned his Bachelors degrees in communications and history from the University of Florida.