February 26,2018
With the 2012 launch of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), stakeholders from across the globe resolved to control, eliminate, or eradicate 10 NTDs by 2020. As outlined in the recently-published London Declaration’s 5th Progress Report, those efforts have surpassed a major milestone: delivery of treatment, for at least one NTD, to more than 1 billion people in a single year.   Despite immense challenges, tremendous progress has been made against soil-tr...
February 23,2018
Note: This article was updated on March 13, 2018 to reflect revised global coverage figures   The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends countries with ≥20% prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) at baseline administer preventive chemotherapy (PC) to preschool-age (PSAC: ages 1-4) and school-age children (SAC: ages 5-14). The related WHO target is ≥75% treatment coverage of PSAC and SAC in all countries requiring preventive chemotherapy (PC) by 2020. Min...
February 23,2018
  Collaboration with STH Coalition Partners and STH Experts yields important progress Experts are concerned about the potential emergence of drug resistance in the parasites that cause soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), a disease infecting over one billion people. During their annual meeting last November the STH Advisory Committee, an independent body of experts, called for donors and others to support new research in this critical area.   Although drug resistan...
February 2,2018
The STH Advisory Committee is an independent group of experts in the areas of policy, strategy, research, and program implementation related to soil-transmitted helminthiasis control. Individual STHAC members are specialists in child health, clinical medicine, diagnostic sciences, education, epidemiology, parasitology, public health program implementation, spatial statistics, and water, sanitation and hygiene. As the technical and scientific arm of the STH Coalition, the STHAC holds an...