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2020 STH Advisory Committee Meeting Outcomes & Recommendations

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 (cww@taskforce.org) 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.

 

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New paper co-authored by CWW team member on strengthening the NTD Supply Chain through partnerships

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.

 

1Souza AA, Holloway C, Williams T (2020) The NTD Supply Chain Forum—Strengthening the backbone of NTD programs. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 14(11): e0008818. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008818

 

 

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2020 STH Advisory Committee Meeting Report

CWW is delighted to share the 2020 STH Committee Meeting Report!

Publication date: This report was disseminated in November 2020. Please contact Children Without Worms (cww@taskforce.org) with comments or questions.

Disclaimer: Inclusion of information in this report does not constitute ‘publication.’

Please click on the link below to access the report from the 2020 STH Advisory Committee Meeting.

 

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India’s new helminth control paradigm

Together with Evidence Action and the COR-NTD secretariat, Children Without Worms facilitated a pre-meeting session called, “India’s new helminth control paradigm – Large-scale refinements: implementation, evaluation, and Roadmap development for India’s national soil-transmitted helminth control program.”

The annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) is taking place virtually this year. Ahead of the COR-NTD meeting, individual sessions organized in October will inform a synthesized sessions at the COR-NTD meeting in November 2020.

Aim of the Session: 

This session details the strategic and operational development and implementation of India’s National Deworming Day (NDD), including how leading practice monitoring and evaluation activities are now enabling the Government of India to evaluate success and develop a Roadmap for the next five years of STH control.

Specific goals include:

1. Highlight an exemplar, country-led example of how a Ministry of Health program has been conducting a complex STH deworming program across the highest burden country globally
2. Analyze India’s learnings of national and international importance, towards a refined agenda for STH control and elimination of morbidity
3. Inform global best practice around appropriate STH survey methodologies and impact assessments

Presentation Titles:

  1.  Development of the Government of India’s 5-year STH Control Roadmap: designing a ‘new chapter’ in helminth control for one of the world’s largest populations
    Speaker: Dr. Sila Deb
  2. Mapping soil-transmitted helminths across the whole of India
    Speaker: Dr. C.S. Aggarwal
  3. Extensive reductions in STH in large-scale expanded and school-based impact assessments in seven states of India
    Speaker: Dr. Manoj Murhekar
  4. Evaluating the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of conducting community-based surveys of STH
    Speaker: Ms. Priya Jha

Moderator: Dr. Don Bundy

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WaSH: Where’s the evidence? COR-NTD session, October 14, 2020

Together with the London Centre for NTD Research and the COR-NTD secretariat, Children Without Worms facilitated a pre-meeting session called, “WaSH: Where’s the evidence? Understanding the role of WaSH in the control of NTDs and the current research gaps.”

The annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) is taking place virtually this year. Ahead of the COR-NTD meeting, individual sessions organized in October will inform a synthesized sessions at the COR-NTD meeting in November 2020.

Aim of the Session: 

Water, sanitation, and hygiene are essential for preventing and sustaining the control of neglected tropical diseases. This session summarises examples from some WaSH and NTD actors with emerging successes and challenges.

Presentation Titles:

  1. “The role of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in reducing soil-transmitted helminths: interpreting the evidence and identifying next steps” – Dr. Susana Vaz Nery
  2. “What is the impact of WASH on STH across contexts? Evidence from a Cochrane review” – Dr. Matthew Freeman
  3. “Transmission and effects of WaSH, using biometric technology to link individual WaSH coverage with STH and schistosomiasis infection in Ethiopia” – Dr. Anna Phillips
  4. “Developing the WASH for NTDs Research Agenda – what is the way forward?” – Dr. Sarity Dodson

Moderators: Ms. Yael Velleman, SCI Foundation, and Dr. Pauline Mwinzi, WHO AFRO

Watch the recording by clicking on the link below!

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Video highlights Bangladesh’s success in fighting intestinal worms

CWW is delighted to share a new video that showcases our collaborative efforts to control and prevent intestinal worm infections in Bangladesh. Working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh, and other partners for over 10 years, CWW has been supporting disease surveillance activities to improve the quality and range of public health interventions in endemic communities. The short video makes it evident that public health interventions such as intestinal worm control are the result of the dedicated efforts of public health professionals at different levels of the public health and education systems, including community health workers, medical officers, pharmacists, logisticians, school teachers, and community members like Ms. Mosammat Aleya, who talks about her experiences with the community-based deworming program in Saidpur, Bangladesh.

Our partnership in Bangladesh has been made possible through sustained funding from Johnson & Johnson, whose deworming drug donations since 2006 have scaled-up the global STH control program.

Watch the video here.

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Partners launch new initiative to protect against health emergencies

The Trinity Challenge is a new global initiative launched by 22 founding partners, including GSK, a CWW donor, to promote new and innovative ways of harnessing data and analytics to fight pandemics and prevent future health emergencies. This coalition of global partners will “work together to better protect the world against health emergencies.”

As part of this challenge, interested individuals and organizations are invited to submit impact-driven ideas on protecting health and economic systems from the threat of global health emergencies.

Formal applications for the challenge will open in early October and more information can be found here.

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STH Coalition Webinar presentations: Presentation by Andrew Kitchel

The August 2020 webinar featured presentations from Evidence Action, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Children Without Worms on M&E innovations by Kenya NTD partners to strengthen program data.

Click on the link below to access the presentation by Andrew Kitchel on “Coverage Validation during COVID-19: An Innovative and Cost-Effective Approach.”

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STH Coalition Webinar presentations: Presentation by Hugo Legge

The August 2020 webinar featured presentations from Evidence Action, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Children Without Worms on M&E innovations by Kenya NTD partners to strengthen program data.

Click on the link below to access the presentation by Hugo Legge from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on “Perspectives on community-wide mass drug administration for soil-transmitted helminths in KwaleCounty, Kenya.”

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STH Coalition Webinar presentations: Presentation by CWW

The August 2020 webinar featured presentations from Evidence Action, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Children Without Worms on M&E innovations by Kenya NTD partners to strengthen program data. Click on the link below to access the presentation by Cara Tupps and Sanjaya Dhakal from CWW on “Building NTD Capacity through Community-Wide Surveillance of STH & Schistosomiasis in Kenya.”

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Forward planning for disaster-related mass gatherings amid COVID-19

Ebrahim, S.H., Mujeeb Rahman,N.M., Imtiaz,R., Gozzer, E., Alqahtani,S.A., Ahmed,Y.,  emish, Z.A. (2020). Forward planning for disaster-related mass gatherings amid COVID-19. The Lancet Planetary Health.

 

 

 

 

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STH By the Numbers – Mixed progress on preventive chemotherapy coverage among all children at risk of STH

A CWW analysis of STH treatment data

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Site Selection Guide for ICSPM

The “ICSPM Site Selection Guide” was developed to systematize the process of selecting which implementation sub-unit/s within a country would be most fitting for conducting a survey. It also provides a framework for choosing survey objectives that best fit with the country’s strategic plan and goals.

This guide serves as a generalizable decision tool that can be applied to any country where all parties have indicated that conducting ICSPM aligns with the country’s national program goals, such as eliminating STH as a public health problem. The selection criteria are not meant to be exhaustive, rather to provide guidance on approaching and prioritizing survey area selection and should be further adapted to the country situation and needs.

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ICSPM Survey Sample Builder Tool

This tool is an adaptation by Children Without Worms of the Sample Survey Builder for Coverage Evaluations, developed by the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center. Its purpose is to help STH program managers design an integrated community-based survey for program monitoring (ICSPM), a household survey that measures the prevalence and intensity of STH in three risk groups: preschool-aged children (PSAC), school-age children (SAC) and women of reproductive age (WRA). The tool selects clusters with probability proportional to their estimated size in segments and then creates lists for the systematic sampling of households within a segment chosen at random from among the segments in each selected cluster. It produces an equal-probability sample of the members of each STH risk group.

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ICSPM Data Cleaning and Analysis Plan

The ICSPM data cleaning and analysis plan provides an easy-to-use flow chart that guides National Program managers and implementing partners through the various steps in cleaning and analyzing data generated by the ICSPM.

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STH Coalition Webinar Recording: M&E innovations by Kenya NTD partners to strengthen program data

The August 2020 webinar featured presentations from Evidence Action, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Children Without Worms on STH operations research in Kenya. Click on the link below to access the webinar recording on CWW’s Youtube channel!

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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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