How do we get our goal?
Children Without Worms, with the help of national soil transmitted helminthiasis (STH) control programs and partners, aims to eliminate STH as a public health problem by 2020. We advocate for delivery of a defined, integrated package of interventions including preventive chemotherapy, sanitation provision, and behavior change communication to achieve adoption of proper hygiene practices.
Our work focuses on four pillars:
- Country Support - support and build capacity of national STH programs to ensure effective and efficient delivery of interventions.
- Partnerships & Advocacy – support effective partnerships with stakeholders by coordinating their efforts to support comprehensive STH solutions.
- Knowledge Management - collect, synthesize, disseminate, and apply relevant education, health, and development information (e.g. best practices) to treat and prevent transmission of intestinal worms.
- Technical Leadership - provide scientific leadership to advocate for evidenced based approaches for the control of intestinal worm infections.
Technical expertise, national STH program support, partnership development, and much more
With national programs and partners, we build national capacity to plan for, implement, and monitor effective STH programs and guide governmental policies. By preventing new infections and mitigating existing ones, we help ensure effected communities thrive and contribute to the development of their nations.
Here are a few ways CWW works to achieve our vision:
- Support national STH programs in Bangladesh, Peru, and Ethiopia by working with and through government ministries, NGOs, and other stakeholders to achieve their respective goals.
- Assisted national governments in Togo and Uganda to implement successful parasitologic surveys.
- Conducted environmental and programmatic gap analyses in Bangladesh and Peru to understand disease epidemiology, the programmatic environment, and most importantly, to address related gaps.
- Coordinate and help lead the STH Coalition and the STH Advisory Committee.
- Supported the Global NGO Deworming Inventory survey (2013-2014) to improve reporting of preventive chemotherapy. The World Health Organization revised upwards the 2014 treatment coverage figures based on our efforts.
- Collaboratively develop global milestones and indicators for the London Declaration Score Card and gather data to accurately measure the progress of global STH control.
- Develop and manage knowledge management tools like the NTD Partners Map; to gather and disseminate information with others working in STH control.
- Work with the World Health Organization to create technical guidelines for assessing STH epidemiology during lymphatic filariasis (LF) transmission assessment surveys. These are now being implemented in various LF-STH co-endemic countries.
- With Johnson & Johnson, NGO partners, and ministries of health, distributed more than 178 million Vermox™ treatments to school-age children at-risk of STH in 16 countries (2007 – 2013).
Children Without Worms (CWW) works through four pillars: country support, partnerships and advocacy, knowledge management, and technical leadership to advance the goal of eliminating serious illness due to STH (i.e. elimination as a public health problem) by 2020.