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This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review.

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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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All Hands on Deck: A synchronized approach to fighting COVID-19

In a new paper published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Rubina Imtiaz, MBBS, CWW Director, and other global public health experts called for a unified response to the coronavirus pandemic. Calling it an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach, the experts proposed a list of tools and institutional mechanisms to advance the unified approach. The publication drew on experiences from previous epidemic outbreaks like the Ebola outbreaks and the successes of multilateral platforms like the NTD Supply Chain Forum, facilitated by CWW, to form a global, COVID-19 mitigation framework with tools for a collaborative pandemic response. Reflecting on the role of institutions, the authors offered the following example:

“[T]he Task Force for Global Health convened a virtual meeting across 46 global entities representing pharmaceutical commodity donors, implementing partners and shippers, under WHO leadership to assess and respond to anticipated interruptions in critical supply chain of deworming drugs. This rapid consultation across multilaterals and private sector entities helped rapidly access existing platforms such as the DHL Control Tower for Humanitarian Supply Chain to assist the movement of medical supplies and other essential drugs from China to the rest of the world.” (Ebrahim, Zhou, et al. 2020).

Dr. Imtiaz added that “examples like the NTD Supply Chain Forum, facilitated by CWW, show us the importance of a multilateral approach in mitigating global, public health crises by helping to rapidly adapt existing and new platforms and mechanisms for a response. During a global crisis like COVID-19, our response should not be the sole responsibility of one sector, but the responsibility of all sectors to work together.”

CWW has also been working with partners to assess delays to deworming, and other NTD campaigns. CWW is supporting national deworming programs to focus on those activities that can continue during the pandemic per WHO interim guidelines on community- and facility-based care.

Reference:

Ebrahim, S. H., Zhuo, J., Gozzer, E., Ahmed, Q. A., Imtiaz, R., Ahmed, Y., Doumbia, S., Rahman, N., Elachola, H., Wilder-Smith, A., & Memish, Z. A. (2020). All Hands on Deck: A Synchronized Whole-of-World Approach for COVID-19 Mitigation. International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, S1201-9712(20)30484-7. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.06.049

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All Hands on Deck: A Synchronized Whole-of-World Approach for COVID-19 Mitigation

Shahul H Ebrahim, MD, PhD, Jiatong Zhuo MD, MSc, Ernesto Gozzer MD, MSc, Qanta A. Ahmed MD, FCCP, Rubina Imtiaz MD, et al. (2020). All Hands on Deck: A Synchronized Whole-of-World Approach for COVID-19 Mitigation. International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

 

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Announcing the Launch of CWW’s New Website

CWW is excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website!

As a leader in STH policy, innovation, and advocacy, CWW needs to make news and resources about global STH control and elimination efforts easily accessible to current and new partners and colleagues. We believe our new website does just that – the new site is more user-friendly, faster, and easier to navigate. It provides better access to information on the STH Advisory Committee and STH resources produced by CWW.

New features on our website include an image gallery via Flickr that provides quick access to photos related to CWW’s work around the world. Our social media channel on Twitter is now integrated onto our homepage so visitors can view our engagement on social media.

A featured resources section on the home page provides visitors easy access to our latest resources. These resources include tools to estimate disease prevalence, such as the Integrated Community-Based Survey for Program Monitoring, and the Global M&E Framework, a resource document for deworming programs to make data-driven decisions on deworming interventions.

The new website also features our STH Advisory Committee members. The STH Advisory Committee is an expert group of research and national program leaders with expertise in public health, diagnostics, epidemiology, child, and school health. The STH Advisory Committee comes together once a year at an annual meeting to assess global accomplishments and persistent needs and gaps towards the WHO STH goals. The committee provides relevant technical and scientific advice on STH control to donors, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and non-governmental and governmental implementers.

We expect to add new content regularly to our new website, so we encourage STH and NTD partners to bookmark our pages.

Many thanks to Resonance Marketing for building the new site for CWW!

For any questions, suggestions, feedback, or comments, please email us at cww@taskforce.org.

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April 2020 STH Coalition E-Blast

Dear STH Coalition members,

We hope you, your families, and colleagues are staying well and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In these recent weeks, Children Without Worms (CWW) has been in touch with many of you – assessing the impact of the pandemic to your programs and shaping our response to serve you better in these uncertain times.

At CWW, our decisions are guided by the recent interim guidance issued by the World Health Organization on implementing NTD programs. While some of the field activities we are currently supporting in countries like Bangladesh and Kenya have been suspended until further notice, we continue to work with Ministry of Health partners on STH data management, M&E capacity strengthening, and developing plans to ensure that STH programs can get back “on-track” as the situation improves around the world.

CWW continues to facilitate key conversations between NTD supply chain partners through the NTD Supply Chain Forum to address challenges related to the supply chain of NTD pharmaceuticals due to the pandemic.

We stand in solidarity with the millions of front line health workers, including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and community health workers, who are waging a historic battle to keep us and our communities safe.

We remain committed to supporting STH and NTD partners around the world during these difficult times and are open to your questions, ideas, and feedback!

In solidarity,
Rubina Imtiaz
Director, Children Without Worms.

The World Health Organization recently published Interim Guidance on NTD Mass Treatment & Surveys.

News
Evidence Action is actively managing the unprecedented set of risks and challenges posed by COVID-19 to the communities and people they serve. A detailed statement of Evidence Action’s COVID-19 response is available here.

Many thanks to Vitamin Angels for sharing a consensus statement published by the Global Alliance for Vitamin A on vitamin A supplementation of preschool-age children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WASH in Schools Network, which includes STH Coalition partners Save the Children, WaterAid, UNICEF, and others, has produced resource materials for educational institutions to be used during the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for reopening schools.

The NTD Supply Chain Forum is working with NTD programs to proactively address supply chain challenges that could arise during the coronavirus pandemic. The Forum hosted a teleconference in February with over 50 participants to discuss how delays in delivery could alter countries’ abilities to meet key MDA timelines. Forum meetings and activities are facilitated by CWW.

Recent Partner Publications
new publication in PLOS NTDs by STH Advisory Committee member Alejandro Krolewiecki and colleagues reviewed the role of DNA-detection-based tools for monitoring STH treatment response in drug efficacy trials.

Mundo Sano and its research partners recently published an STH risk map for Argentina.

The London Centre for NTD Research recently published an update on The Geshiyaro Project: Why water, sanitation, and hygiene are critical to achieving health for all

The WHO and UNICEF recently issued new interim guidance on water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for the COVID-19 virus. The guidance is intended for WASH practitioners and providers and health care providers.
Announcements

The deadline for workshop submissions has been extended to Friday, May 15th, 2020. Please continue to use the existing form to submit the proposals by May 15th, 2020 instead of April 30th.

Recently CWW surveyed NTD National Program Managers on disruptions to NTD activities due to COVID-19 and contingency plans. Results from the survey will be shared with partners.

ICYMI

The World Health Organization recently published the 2030 targets for STH control programs as part of the new 2030 Roadmap for NTDs, available here.

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STH Coalition August 2019 Webinar Presentation

Greetings from the STH Coalition Secretariat!

We are pleased to share with you the presentation from the July 31 webinar by the World Bank Group on the “Deworming Africa Initiative“.

In other news, please stay tuned for a listing of STH-related sessions at the upcoming NNN conference in Liverpool in September!

STH Coalition Secretariat

at Children Without Worms.

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NNN Session On Partnerships – We Need Your Input!

Greetings from the STH Coalition Secretariat.

Our colleagues at the NTD NGOs network (NNN) are gathering inputs from NTD stakeholders like you to inform a session titled “Understanding and evaluating successful drivers for partnerships to achieve the 2030 NTD goals” on Thursday, September 19, 2019,11.00 AM-12.30 PM, at the 2019 NNN conference in Liverpool, UK.

Please click on this link to access the survey and share your insights: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ntdcoalitions

This session will bring together representatives from NTD-specific coalitions, advocacy initiatives and experts in partnership development to discuss common challenges, successes and best practices in fostering a collaborative approach to disease control and elimination.

Your participation in this survey by EOD, August 30, 2019 will help the session organizers in guiding the panel discussions and break-out sessions.

Sincerely,

The STH Coalition Secretariat.

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July 2019 STH Coalition E-Blast

Dear STH Coalition members, 

Greetings from the STH Coalition secretariat! Here is a round-up of news and updates from our community.

Johnson & Johnson Extends Deworming Medicine Donation to 2025

Johnson & Johnson has extended their long-standing donation program to support global efforts to tackle intestinal worms by 5 years! Their commitment will ensure that 1 billion doses of VERMOX® CHEWABLE, the new pediatric version of the treatment, are provided in the 2021-2025 period to high-burden countries via donations to the World Health Organization.

Click here to learn more about this exciting news!

WHO Roadmap on NTDs Phase Two of Global Consultations

 

As of July 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) has entered the second phase of consultations in developing a new global Roadmap for the control, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases. After presenting the first phase of feedback to WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG-NTD) in April, a revised document with proposed milestones is now ready for further consultation. For anyone who is interested, we highly encourage you to provide feedback.

NTD NGO Network Annual Conference Announcement

Registration is still open for the 2019 NTD NGO Network (NNN) Annual Conference in Liverpool, UK, September 17-19. The theme for this year is Our Vision Beyond 2020: Many Partners, One Voice. 

Will you be at this conference? Drop us a line at sthcoalition@taskforce.org or tweet us @STHCoalition so we can keep you updated on the disease-specific meetings!

Recent Publications

Mapping Soil-Transmitted Helminth Parasite Infection in Rwanda: Estimating Endemicity and Identifying At-Risk Populations
The role of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in reducing soil-transmitted helminths: interpreting the evidence and identifying next steps

Other Upcoming Events

World Water Week, 25-30 August 2019, Stockholm, Sweden
ASTMH 68th Annual Meeting, 20-24 November, 2019, National Harbor, Maryland

 

ICYMI – Deworming Campaigns Edition:
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STH Coalition, World Bank Webinar, July 31, 2019

Greetings from the STH Coalition Secretariat.

We are pleased to inform you that the next STH Coalition webinar, The World Bank Group’s strategy to control NTDs: Deworming Africa Initiative, is only a week away! Tune in on July 31st, 2019 at 12 PM EDT to hear Fernando Lavadenz, Senior Health Economist and Luis Osorio Florez, Health Consultant, of the World Bank Group discuss the Deworming Africa Initiative.   

Please feel free to forward this to other colleagues who might be interested in this webinar.

Here is the dial in information:

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1494180817

Or iPhone one-tap:
+17732319226,,1494180817#

Or Telephone:
Dial:
+1 773 231 9226
Meeting ID: 149 418 0817
International numbers available:
https://meetings.ringcentral.com/teleconference

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