The STH Coalition unites partners from multiple sectors that share a commitment to fighting intestinal worm infections. CWW is honored to serve as the Secretariat for the STH Coalition.
The STH Coalition Secretariat is managed by Children Without Worms, a non-profit organization founded in 2006 as a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and The Task Force for Global Health with a mission of controlling intestinal worms to help ensure that children are healthy and developing to their full potential, no matter where in the world they may live.
Based in Decatur, Georgia, the Secretariat manages and coordinates day-to-day operations for the STH Coalition. Responsibilities include organizing member meetings; representing the STH Coalition at relevant international meetings; fostering partnerships and facilitating collaboration among a variety of partners; integrating, disseminating, and sharing information to advance STH control; providing technical and scientific guidance to advance comprehensive STH control, in part through convening the STH Advisory Committee; developing tools to enable partners to share information about what they are doing to control STH; and promoting effective drug donation and scale-up of deworming in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and the World Health Organization (WHO).
In April 2014 at the Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases meeting in Paris, the STH Coalition was born. CWW was charged with uniting a broad set of partners around an expanded vision for the treatment and prevention of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), a condition caused by parasites commonly known as intestinal worms.