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. GSK joined this partnership in 2012 with its donation of albendazole. Since 2020, the END Fund has also funded CWW’s work in Kenya to build NTD epidemiological capacity.

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, the END Fund 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 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. We consider the framework to be a living document and invite your feedback and comments.

Access the Framework

NTD Supply Chain Strengthening

We support the NTD Supply Chain Forum 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.

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

Technical Leadership

Because of our 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

Supply Chain Forum

We facilitate the activities of the NTD Supply Chain Forum 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.

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.

  • Rubina Imtiaz, MBBS

    Director

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  • Mariana Stephens, MPH

    Deputy Director

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  • Girija Sankar

    Associate Director for Partnerships & Communications

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  • Sanjaya Dhakal, PhD

    Epidemiologist

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  • Cara Tupps, MScPH

    Associate Director of Programs

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  • Cassandra Holloway, MBA

    Program Support Specialist

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  • Jasmine Irish

    Senior Program Associate

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  • Sallay Manah

    Program Assistant (Temporary)

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