Forging strong and productive partnerships and advocating for STH control are vital parts of the work of Children Without Worms (CWW). We started in 2006 as a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and The Task Force for Global Health. Since then, we have forged partnerships with others in the STH control community, including GSK, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and more, through our work managing the STH Coalition and the STH Advisory Committee.
STH Coalition members share a bold mission – to enhance the health and development of children by reducing intestinal worm infections. If we are to achieve that mission, we must work together. Through our management of the STH Coalition, CWW brings together the resources of a coalition of committed partners. Ultimately, through our work with the multi-sectoral partners that make up the STH Coalition, we are able to positively impact the lives of people in STH-endemic countries.
We connect partners with one another through day-to-day communications and through more formalized efforts, such as workshops and conferences. We mobilize partners to support global-level advocacy for STH at various fora, including pre-G7 meetings, UN meetings, World Health Assembly, and other important global health meetings and conferences.
We understand that controlling STH will require coordinated efforts in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), agriculture, nutrition, and education, in addition to treatment. Making that happen will require many partners working together in various ways. CWW intends to continue working with current partners – and growing our coalition even wider – and serving as a catalyst and advocate for STH control. All of us in the STH community need to work together to realize the STH Coalition’s vision of a world in which children are healthy and develop to their full potential.