CWW is delighted to share a summary of the 2020 STH Advisory Committee Meeting Outcomes & Recommendations.
Publication date: The meeting report was disseminated in November 2020. This summary was published online on December 15th, 2020. Please contact Children Without Worms (email@example.com) with comments or questions.
Disclaimer: Inclusion of information in this report does not constitute ‘publication.’
Please click on the link below to access the summary.
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
Cools 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
New paper co-authored by CWW team member on strengthening the NTD Supply Chain through partnerships
A new paper1 published in PLOS NTDs describes the complex supply chain systems necessary for the delivery of preventive chemotherapy for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) interventions. The paper notes that the supply chains established to support NTD operations are complex and that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has further highlighted the need for strong supply chains for health system strengthening.
Cassandra Holloway, Children Without Worms (CWW) Program Support Specialist, is an author on this publication and CWW is one of the 17 partner organizations that make up the NTD Supply Chain Forum.
CWW supports the NTD Supply Chain Forum, a public-private partnership whose vision is to support endemic countries in controlling and eliminating NTDs. As the host of the Forum, CWW helped develop and pilot the NTDeliver database mentioned extensively in this recent publication.
COVID-19 in the least developed, fragile, and conflict-affected countries — How can the most vulnerable be protected?
Ebrahim, S. H., Gozzer, E., Ahmed, Y., Imtiaz, R., Ditekemena, J., Rahman, N. M. M., Schlagenhauf, P., Alqahtani, S. A., & Memish, Z. A. (2021). COVID-19 in the least developed, fragile, and conflict-affected countries—How can the most vulnerable be protected? International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 102, 381–388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.10.055
Children Without Worms (CWW) hosts the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Supply Chain Forum (SCF) meeting
CWW hosted the second of the bi-annual meetings of the NTD SCF in September 2020. Participants included representatives from national Ministries of Health, the WHO, implementing partner organizations, and pharmaceutical donors such as Merck Healthcare KGaA, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., J&J, GSK, Eisai, and Pfizer. (Access meeting report here.)
Spread over the course of three days via a virtual platform, the meeting included updates from representatives of pharmaceutical donors and the various working groups set up to solve supply chain management challenges in delivering pharmaceutical products to endemic countries.
The supply chain forum was particularly relevant this year, as CWW encouraged dialogue and creative solutions to COVID-19 challenges. Participants identified that with the reduction of flights, border closures and restrictions, the delivery of NTD medications has posed many challenges. Further, mass drug administrations (MDA) have decreased because of COVID-19 restrictions such as school closures. Participants noted that missed MDAs may also trigger the need for an additional MDA in 2021 to keep the programs on track.
To overcome such challenges, NTD SCF participants proposed concise measures for ensuring the delivery of medicines to affected communities. Several recommendations were made at the end of the three-day meeting, including next steps to guide the future of the NTD SCF.
The next virtual forum meeting is scheduled for February 23-24, 2021.