Country Support

Children Without Worms was established in 2006 as a partnership between Johnson and Johnson and the Task Force for Global Health. CWW was the first program focused exclusively on reducing the burden of soil-transmitted helminth infections in school-age children around the world. In 2012, we partnered with GSK to further advance intestinal worm control programs

While the drug donations are now being managed directly by the WHO, CWW continues to work with partners to advance STH control and elimination through operational research, strengthening partnerships, and technical leadership.

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of  Johnson & Johnson, GSK, and other donors.

Country Engagement Strategy

We empower national NTD programs to make evidence-driven decisions for program improvements through technical assistance. Our current engagement with the national STH and NTD programs in Bangladesh, Tanzania, Malawi, and Kenya exemplifies our country engagement strategy.

In 2018, we developed a comprehensive Global Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to assist national programs and partners in developing context-specific solutions for monitoring and evaluating STH interventions. In 2022, we worked in collaboration with the World Health Organization on a joint SCH-STH Monitoring & Evaluation Framework that is targeted for dissemination in early 2024.

 

Partnerships and Advocacy

STH Coalition members accelerate progress towards intestinal worm control and elimination

CWW forges strong, action-oriented partnerships and advocates for STH control. We began as a partnership and continue to foster collaboration with others in the STH community through the STH Coalition. The Coalition is a partnership of over 50 organizations working to scale-up, improve the effectiveness of existing efforts, and ultimately achieve global World Health Organization milestones.

Learn more about the STH Coalition

NTD Supply Chain Strengthening

Since its founding in 2012, the NTD Supply Chain Forum (NTD-SCF), a unique public-private collaboration, was managed by the Children Without Worms program. It has served as a voluntary platform for the World Health Organization (WHO), implementing partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ministries of health, and donors. Its primary objectives are to establish shared operating principles, strengthen national drug supply chains for NTDs, and address logistical challenges. Since 2021, NTD-SCF transitioned to the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) program joining a team of supply chain experts.

We support the NTD-SCF and helped develop and pilot a database called NTDeliver to track requests and shipments of donated drugs for STH and other NTDs. Ministries of health and other partners use this database to help ensure the right drugs are in the right place at the right time.

Learn more about the NTD Supply Chain Strengthening

Technical Leadership

Because of its expertise in STH and long-established collaborative relationships with partners, CWW is uniquely suited to provide technical and scientific leadership to the STH community.

CWW serves as the secretariat for the STH Advisory Committee: an independent, international group of experts in parasitology, epidemiology, child health, education, and public health programming. The STH Advisory Committee provides technical and scientific advice on STH control to donors, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and nongovernmental and governmental implementers.

Learn more about the STH Advisory Committee

CWW has developed the STH Transition Model to achieve morbidity reduction and national program self-sufficiency in Soil-Transmitted Helminth control.

Learn more about the STH Transition Model

Our Staff

Partnership and collaboration have been key tenets for Children Without Worms (CWW) since our inception in 2006. Those tenets are best personified by our team of compassionate, committed staff members.

  • Kristin Sullivan

    Kristin Sullivan, PhD

    Director

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  • Mariana Stephens, MPH

    Deputy Director

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  • Monzur Patwary, PMP

    Assistant Public Health Advisor

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