STH Coalition News

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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