Workstreams are the heartbeat of the STH Coalition. They serve as platforms for coordination, collaboration, action, and accountability.

The STH Coalition currently has six workstreams that focus on three principal risk groups and the important cross-cutting activities of deworming, prevention, and support. Workstreams include:

If you would like more information about the STH Coalition and its workstreams, please email STHCoalition@taskforce.org.

SCALING UP DEWORMING IN PRESCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Objective: Support national governments and NGOs to double the drug coverage in preschool-age children by 2016 by leveraging existing platforms

Areas of focus:

  • Identify partners to contribute to increasing preschool-age children drug coverage and detail their commitments.
  • Improve supply chain: Quality drug supply, coordination, and delivery
  • Clarify mechanisms for and ensure accurate reporting and monitoring of deworming programs

Workstream leads:

Clayton Ajello, Senior Technical Advisor, Vitamin Angels

Carol Wylie, Vice President of Corporate Engagement, World Vision

“An integrated approach to the elimination of STH infections as a public health problem is one with which Vitamin Angels is committed. It is also one to which we can make a small contribution by employing our micronutrient distribution platform consisting of over 750 indigenous NGO partners worldwide and reaching more than 40 million beneficiaries throughout the developing world each year to co-administer vitamin + albendazole to preschool-age children and promote good health education …” – Clayton Ajello, Senior Technical Advisor, Vitamin Angels

“I feel privileged to serve with Clayton as co-chair of the PSAC [preschool-age children] workstream for the STH Coalition. I look forward to working with all of you to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.” – Carol Wylie, Vice President of Corporate Engagement, World Vision

Terms of Reference

Work Plan

Meeting Minutes:

March 10, 2015

October 15, 2015

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SCALING UP DEWORMING IN SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Objective: Increase drug coverage of school-age children primarily through school-based deworming programs

Areas of Focus:

  • Scale up school-based deworming and increase coverage of current programs
  • Work with Ministries of Health (MoH) and Education (MoE) to foster linkages and develop national STH control plans
  • Connect with other health and education programs (e.g., nutrition) to increase the impact of school-based deworming
  • Generate greater demand for deworming

Workstream lead:

Grace Hollister, Director, Deworm the World Initiative, Evidence Action

“The formation of the STH Coalition represents an important opportunity to collaborate for impact. The school-age children workstream aims to identify concrete next steps to scale treatment of this population in line with WHO targets, presenting a clear plan to galvanize action by the diversity of Coalition members.” – Grace Hollister, Director, Deworm the World Initiative, Evidence Action

Terms of Reference 

Meeting Minutes:

November 17, 2014

September 29, 2015

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COORDINATING PREVENTION WITH THE WASH SECTOR

Objective: Align STH control and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors

Areas of Focus:

  • Identify and engage key partners to coordinate and collaborate on strategies for improved WASH
  • Review the geographic overlap between STH control and WASH programs to align efforts in specific areas
  • Demonstrate and publicize the impact of WASH on STH
  • Strengthen messaging regarding the preventive elements of the approach to STH
  • Develop outcomes-based indicators to monitor integrated approaches to STH control
  • Coordinate with the relevant governmental ministries to help establish cross-sector programs
  • Prioritize an equitable approach to scaling up integrated STH control programs

Workstream lead:

Lisa Schechtman, Director of Policy and Advocacy, WaterAid America

“The inclusion of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as a core component of the STH Coalition is a critical step to improving the lives of millions of people around the world. WASH is often underappreciated for its health benefits. Under the leadership of CWW and others championing a new approach to STH programming, the integrated focus of this Coalition will allow us to learn, improve services and policies, and hopefully make headway in controlling intestinal worms and their negative impacts.” – Lisa Schechtman, Director of Policy and Advocacy, WaterAid America

Meeting minutes:

November 13, 2014

February 27, 2015

October 6, 2015

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SUPPORTING ADVOCACY AND RESOURCE MOBILIZATION

Objective: Leverage a diverse set of partners to help increase awareness of STH at the global, regional and national levels, and raise additional funds for on-the-ground programs

Areas of focus:

  • Generate country-level demand for STH control through advocacy with national governments
  • Increase prioritization of STH through advocacy at global, regional, and national levels
  • Facilitate country, regional, and global-level meetings with key stakeholders
  • Help build and fund sustainable program and country capacity
  • Encourage donors to fund national-level advocacy and capacity-building
  • Raise new funds for STH programs (donor country)

Workstream lead:

Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director, Global Network for NTDs

“The evidence on the role of deworming in promoting good health and socioeconomic progress is clear. Now we need to ensure that deworming is supported and expanded nationally and is included as an essential part of maternal and child health programs.” – Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director, Global Network for NTDs

Meeting minutes:

November 4, 2014

February 12, 2015

November 3, 2015

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SUPPORTING MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Workstream lead:

Dr. Vicente (Jun) Belizario, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines, Manila

“It has been a great privilege and honor to be working with the best personalities in STH control. While there have been major gains in the area of morbidity control thanks to improved access to deworming medications, we continue to strive to tackle the unfinished business of addressing continuing reinfections, pushing for greater engagement with the WASH and other sectors, and continuing to explore STH elimination, among other things.” – Dr. Vicente (Jun) Belizario, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines, Manila

Facilitated by the STH Advisory Committee 

Terms of Reference

Work Plan

Meeting Minutes:

STH Advisory Committee, October 30-31, 2014 

February 25, 2015

March 16, 2015

February 10, 2016

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SUPPORTING OPERATIONAL RESEARCH

Workstream lead:

Dr. Charles Mwandawiro, Chief Research Officer and Assistant Director of Partnership and Collaboration, Kenya Medical Research Institute

“By supporting the Operational Research workstream, CWW is going to identify all key STH research areas and studies with a view to monitor progress, increase the data base, improve country STH control programs, and collect evidence that will inform policy at global and policy levels. All these efforts are geared towards accelerating the reduction of STH as a public health problem.” – Charles Mwandawiro, Chief Research Officer and Assistant Director of Partnership and Collaboration at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

Facilitated by the STH Advisory Committee

Meeting Minutes:

STH Advisory Committee, October 30-31, 2014

March 20, 2015

September 9, 2015

August 8, 2016

Shared goals for the STH Coalition Workstreams include:

- Identify barriers to STH control and develop strategies to overcome them

- Attract and engage interested partners

- Foster and ensure accountability of the STH Coalition to meeting its objectives