Monthly Archives: December 2019

Ms. Mariana Stephens to join CWW as new Deputy Director

Children Without Worms (CWW), a program of the Task Force for Global Health, is pleased to share that Ms. Mariana Stephens will be joining the team as our new Deputy Director in January 2020. Before joining the CWW team, Mariana worked with the NTD Support Center (NTD-SC), another program of the Task Force, supporting strategic planning efforts and directing the development and implementation of complex, multi-institutional operational research programs.  In this role, she focused on addressing the special challenges of national NTD programs supported by USAID and provided rapid research responses in support of these programs. In additon to her role at the Task Force, Mariana is an active member of the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW) at Emory University. The mission of the CGSW is to enable organizations and communities to provide safe, effective, and sustainable drinking water solutions and effective and sustainable sanitation and hygiene improvements.

Prior to joining the NTD-SC, Mariana worked with CARE, World Vision International and Habitat for Humanity International in a variety of roles focused on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health, Food Security and Nutrition. She began her career in global health and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1980s.  Mariana holds a Master’s in Public Health in Health Behavior and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design.

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Continuing the War on Worms

“People, parasites, and poverty have a thriving relationship” said Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., MD, MTM&H, and when it comes to intestinal worms, where Belizario has dedicated more than 30 years of his career, this is clearly evident. Intestinal worms are parasitic worms that cause soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), some of the most common infections in the world and the most commonly neglected tropical disease (NTD) that routinely affects poorer populations due to lack of quality sanitation and water infrastructures. Children Without Worms (CWW) works to control and eventually eliminate these infections, but it takes a collaborative effort of partnerships across the scientific and implementation sectors to get the job done, and Belizario has been an instrumental part of that collaborative effort. As a former STH Advisory Committee Chair and member, Belizario recently stepped down from the Committee to take on a new role as the Dean of the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines, Manila. In recognition of the contributions he has made to the STH community and as a partner to CWW, we catch up with him for some reflections on his time in the Committee and his thoughts on the current status and future of the War on Worms.

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