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New! CWW systematic review of global soil-transmitted helminthiasis prevalence and intensity studies

CWW is pleased to share a systematic literature review1 titled, “Qualitative systematic literature review of global soil-transmitted helminthiasis prevalence and intensity studies.” The literature review was undertaken to assess the availability and quality of STH data starting from 2006, when several STH endemic countries began implementing mass drug administration for STH control.

The literature review included 209 studies published between 2006 and 2018 that fit the inclusion criteria. Findings from the literature review indicated that the available STH epidemiological data are “fragmented, mostly of questionable quality, and minimally useful for regional or global program decisions.” The authors recommend a standardized approach to gathering STH program data, based on a comprehensive global monitoring and evaluation framework that will allow for pooling of information across countries and regions to guide global policy and progress.

1Diaz, Michael R., et al. (2020) Qualitative systematic literature review of global soil-transmitted helminthiasis prevalence and intensity studies.

 

 

 

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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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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.

Attendees participate in the virtual meeting

 

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.

Cassandra Holloway, Children Without Worms (CWW) Program Support Specialist, presents at the NTD SCF

 

Access meeting report here.

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STH Control in Bangladesh: A Photo Essay

CWW has been working with the Ministry of Health, Bangladesh and other partners to strengthen national NTD program monitoring and data management through use of the Integrated Community-Based Survey for Program Monitoring (ICSPM). Click through the slideshow below to learn more about ICSPM in Bangladesh and our collaborative progress towards elimination of STH as a public health problem among children.

Graphics: Priya Palani

Text: Rachel Wallace

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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

Click on the link below to watch the recording!

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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 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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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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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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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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