Monthly Archives: July 2020

Kenya NTD Partner Mapping

This document lists the NGO partners supporting NTD control and elimination efforts under the leadership of the Kenya National NTD Program. The information included in this documents reflects partner activities as of April 2020.

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STH Coalition Webinar: STH Operations Research in Kenya

 STH Operations Research in Kenya

We look forward to seeing you at our next STH Coalition webinar on August 25th, 2020, 9.00-10.30 AM EDT on STH Operations Research in Kenya.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/95374115652?pwd=ZGl1Unl2WThiZW4rcEtqV1dhbVhlUT09

Dr. Sultani Matendechero,Head, Division of Vector Borne & Neglected Tropical Diseases, Ministry of Health, Kenya, and member of the STH Advisory Committee, will chair and facilitate the webinar.

 

The webinar will feature the following presentations:

Findings from phone-based STH coverage validation in Kenya, Andrew Kitchel, Manager, Analytics, Global Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation, Evidence Action

Andrew Kitchel is the Analytics Manager for the Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation team at Evidence Action, where he leads design, analysis, and reporting of monitoring and evaluation for the Deworm the World Initiative. Andrew has been with Evidence Action for two years and has spent time working with their early-stage programs, Deworm the World Initiative, and the Dispensers for Safe Water program on data collection, management, and analysis for research and monitoring.

Implementer & recipient perspectives of community-wide mass drug administration for soil-transmitted helminths in Kwale County, Kenya, Hugo Legge, Member, London Center for NTDs Research & Research Assistant, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Hugo Legge is a Research Assistant at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with an interest in environmental health and neglected tropical diseases. He holds an MSc in Public Health from LSHTM and is currently acting as the Clinical Trial Operations Coordinator for the DeWorm3 Project, a multi-country cluster randomized trial evaluating the feasibility of interrupting transmission of soil-transmitted helminths (STH). Most recently, he has published work exploring the acceptability of community-wide mass drug administration for STH among implementers and recipients in Kwale County, Kenya.

Technical capacity building for community-wide STH and SCH surveillance in Kenya, Sanjaya Dhakal, Epidemiologist, & Cara Tupps, Associate Director of Programs, Children Without Worms

As an Epidemiologist, Sanjaya Dhakal leads in the development of survey tools, provides country-specific scientific leadership in survey implementation, data management, curation, and analysis. Sanjaya brings experience in both the government and private sectors. His prior experience includes working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for eight years in different capacities, including a tour as an EIS Officer at the Food and Drug Administration.

As Associate Director of Programs, Cara Tupps oversees CWW’s work in Kenya and is responsible for providing programmatic support to partners. She also contributes to the analysis and mapping of program data across multiple counties. Before joining the team, Cara worked in humanitarian relief and development in 10 different countries. Her experience includes capacity building, proposal development, grant management, donor relations, monitoring and evaluation, emergency and outbreak response, and managing country portfolios.Please forward this announcement to interested colleagues!

Webinar Details:Date & Time: August 25th, 2020, 9:00-10:30 AM EDT (8 AM U.S. central time, 9 AM Atlanta time, 2 PM London/BST time, 4 PM, Nairobi/EAT time)

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/95374115652?pwd=ZGl1Unl2WThiZW4rcEtqV1dhbVhlUT09

Meeting ID: 953 7411 5652

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If you have any questions, please contact Webinar host: Girija Sankar at gsankar at taskforce dot org.

 

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New study led by STH Advisory Committee members with contributions from CWW on STH Diagnostics

new paper1 published in PLOS NTDs demonstrates the feasibility and challenges of an international external quality assessment scheme (EQAS) to test and ensure the quality of molecular diagnostic testing for parasitic worms such as soil-transmitted intestinal worms.

Facilitated by Children Without Worms (CWW), the study piloted an international EQAS for the diagnosis of parasitic worms involving 15 laboratories in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Findings showed that while most laboratories performed well, some laboratories may need to improve their test protocol.

Commenting on the findings, Rubina Imtiaz, CWW Director, said, “this timely publication highlights the development of  molecular testing methodology (qPCR) for STH and additional parasites. It also draws attention to the need for standardizing testing approaches across laboratories around the world so that test results are comparable. Findings from this study serve as an important first step in that direction.”

As a regular contributor to STH policy  and a leader in innovation, CWW continues to advocate for investments in STH diagnostics and works with key stakeholders such as the World Health Organization and the STH Advisory Committee and others to promote a “use-case focused” collaboration on NTD diagnostics.

 

1Cools P, van Lieshout L, Koelewijn R, Addiss D, Ajjampur SSR, et al. (2020) First international external quality assessment scheme of nucleic acid amplification tests for the detection of Schistosoma and soil-transmitted helminths, including Strongyloides: A pilot study. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 14(6): e0008231. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008231

 

 

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Post-intervention Epidemiology of STH in Bangladesh: data to sustain the gains

Imtiaz, R., Dhakal, S., Karim, M. J., et al. Post-intervention Epidemiology of STH in Bangladesh: data to sustain the gains. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.17.208355.

This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review.

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WHO NTD Road Map Webinars: WASH: How can WASH help to reach the 2030 road map targets

Theme: How can WASH help reach the 2030 targets?

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dGPaiLFETB62R8j90Rkw6g

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ashok Moloo
WHO/UCN/NTD
Telephone: +41 22 791 16 37
Mobile phone: +41 79 540 50 86
molooa@who.int
@ntdworld

For additional information on this and other upcoming webinars, please visit: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/06/17/default-calendar/who-webinar-on-neglected-tropical-diseases-and-covid-19

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NNN 2020 Annual Conference

The 11th Annual Neglected Tropical Disease NGO (NNN) Conference will take place from Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th September 2020. Originally scheduled to take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, the conference will now be on a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Conference Agenda page for more information.

Our workshops and presentations listed in chronological order:

Girija Sankar, Associate Director of Partnerships and Communications, is presenting a rapid-fire session titled, “NTD Partner Mapping: harmonizing program interventions and impact measurement at the county-level in Kenya.” This session is scheduled for 6:00 – 7:30 AM EDT, Wednesday, 9th September 2020.

Cara Tupps, Associate Director of Programs, is co-facilitating a workshop session titled, “Road to resilience: building sustainable public health capacity within national NTD programs,” with Denver Mariga and Stephen Mwatha, Division of Vector Borne and NTDs, Ministry of Health, Kenya. This session is scheduled for 8:00 – 9: 30 AM EDT, Wednesday, 9th September 2020.

Cassandra Holloway, Project Support Specialist, is facilitating a workshop session titled, “The End to End Supply Chain – Working Together Towards a Successful Supply Chain Strategy to beat NTDs.”
Presenters in this workshop include Afework Tekle (World Health Organization, WHO), Modeste Tezembong (ESPEN/WHO AFRO), Tijana Williams (GSK), and Ashley Souza (NTD-SC, Task Force for Global Health). This session is scheduled for 6:00 – 7:30 AM EDT, Thursday, 10th September 2020.

Girija Sankar will provide an update on the activities of the Ensuring Sustainable Systems cross-cutting group of the NNN. This update is part of the closing plenary session of the NNN conference and is scheduled for 8:00 – 9:30 AM EDT, Thursday, 10th September 2020.

While registration for the conference is now closed, there’s still time to get on the waiting list here.

If you are already registered, please be sure to sign-in to the Conference’s Virtual Platform.

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WHO NTD Road Map Webinars: Is it business as usual? What innovation is needed in NTDs to reach the 2030 targets across 20 diseases

Theme: Is it business as usual? What innovation is needed in NTDs to reach the 2030 targets across 20 diseases.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GtTYlepNQG6AcXVXW2U7iQ

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ashok Moloo
WHO/UCN/NTD
Telephone: +41 22 791 16 37
Mobile phone: +41 79 540 50 86
molooa@who.int
@ntdworld

For registration and additional information, please visit: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/06/17/default-calendar/who-webinar-on-neglected-tropical-diseases-and-covid-19

 

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CWW EVENT: NTD Supply Chain Forum Meeting

Purpose of the meeting:

Implementing NTD mass drug administration (MDA) programs in remote regions of the world is a complex process fraught with hurdles that require logistical planning and careful coordination of stakeholders. All players must work together, so medicines reach people safely, reliably, and cost-effectively.

The NTD Supply Chain Forum (Forum) focuses on leveraging collaboration in the fight against NTDs to better improve the collective NTD supply chain. To accomplish this goal, the Forum meets quarterly with its partners (group meetings and teleconferences). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum’s in-person meeting has moved to a three-day webinar.

For more details, please contact Cassandra Holloway at cholloway@taskforce.org.

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WHO NTD Road Map Webinars: What role does disability and stigma play in planning elimination, eradication and control of NTDs?

Theme: Leaving no-one behind: the role and importance of equity in leaving no one behind

For registration and additional information, please visit: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/06/17/default-calendar/who-webinar-on-neglected-tropical-diseases-and-covid-19

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ashok Moloo
WHO/UCN/NTD
Telephone: +41 22 791 16 37
Mobile phone: +41 79 540 50 86
molooa@who.int
@ntdworld

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WHO NTD Road Map Webinars: How do we deal with skin diseases to reach the 2030 NTD Road Map?

Theme: Skin NTDs: how do we deal with integrated control of skin NTDs in endemic countries to reach the 2030 targets

When: 21 October 2020 14:00-15:45 Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
Topic: How do we tackle neglected tropical diseases of the skin (Skin NTDs) to reach the 2030 NTD road map targets?

Registration link
https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rNQNXAq0Q5uIZlpuA-Dy9Q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ashok Moloo
WHO/UCN/NTD
Telephone: +41 22 791 16 37
Mobile phone: +41 79 540 50 86
molooa@who.int
@ntdworld

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UNC Water and Health 2020

Theme: 2020 Water and Health: Science, Policy and Practice

When: October 26 – 30, 2020 

Registration link: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQciar5upUXcGA5

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WHO NTD Road Map Webinars: Optimizing One health and Global Vector Control Response to reach the 2030 NTD Roadmap goals

Theme: How can a One Health and GVCR approach help reach the 2030 road map goals?

For registration and additional information, please visit: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/06/17/default-calendar/who-webinar-on-neglected-tropical-diseases-and-covid-19

Contact:
Ashok Moloo
WHO/UCN/NTD
Telephone: +41 22 791 16 37
Mobile phone: +41 79 540 50 86
molooa@who.int
@ntdworld

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COR-NTD 2020

COR-NTD meets formally each year in conjunction with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference, with participation from researchers, the World Health Organization, country program managers, implementers, and donors. Working groups comprised of NTD experts from a wide range of backgrounds conduct discussions at the annual COR-NTD meeting and throughout the year on key themes, providing important guidance on the NTD research agenda.

If you have never received an invitation to COR-NTD and would like to register your interest in attending the meeting, please fill out the form here.

 

 

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ASTMH 2020 Annual Meeting

The ASTMH 2020 Annual Meeting is proceeding as planned. We are actively monitoring the global situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.  We are aware of the risks of large gatherings, especially those that attract attendees from around the world such as our meeting. We are actively exploring options and developing alternative plans should a change in the Annual Meeting be warranted. All updates will be shared in a timely manner via our website, directly through email messages and posts to Twitter and Facebook.

More information about the Annual Meeting can be found here.

Registration will open July 6, 2020. More information about registration can be found here.

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WHO NTD Road Map Webinar: The leadership needed to stimulate the battle against NTDs

Theme: Inspiring leadership: does country ownership matter for the road map and how will it bring results for patients on the ground?

For registration and additional information, please visit: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/06/17/default-calendar/who-webinar-on-neglected-tropical-diseases-and-covid-19

If you have any questions, please contact Webinar host: Linda Aime McDonald.

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CWW in Kenya: A Photo Essay

CWW has been working with the Ministry of Health, Kenya and other partners to strengthen national NTD epidemiology and data management. Click through the slideshow below to see how our collaborative efforts have progressed since 2019.

Graphics: Priya Palani

Text: Girija Sankar

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