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Increasing efficiencies from integrating control and elimination programmes for soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis

Children Without Worms, secretariat of The Soil-transmitted Helminth (STH) Coalition, advocates for renewed efforts of collaboration with Global Schistosomiasis (SCH) Alliance and relevant stakeholders to scale up control programs for both STH and SCH in tandem. Although STH and SCH have their own distinguishable characteristics, especially related to their transmission, the medications commonly used for preventive chemotherapy are frequently administered together. This publication discusses continuation of co-administering these drugs as well as an improved integration framework to provide health systems with greater coordination and resource mobilization. Integrated approaches between STHs and SCHs will accelerate progress towards control/elimination and achievement of WHO NTD Roadmap targets.

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Post-intervention epidemiology of STH in Bangladesh: Data to sustain the gains

Dhakal, S., Karim, M.J., Kawsar, A.A., Irish, J., Rahman, M., Tupps, C., Kabir, A., Imtiaz, R. (2020). Post-intervention epidemiology of STH in Bangladesh: Data to sustain the gains. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 14(12): e0008597. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008597 

 

 

 

 

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Qualitative systematic literature review of global soil-transmitted helminthiasis prevalence and intensity studies

Author Summary

STH prevalence and intensity measures form the basis of WHO goals and action thresholds for national programs in endemic countries. Considering the importance of these STH burden measures, we conducted a published literature review from 2006 (start of drug donations) through 2018 to study the quality and distribution of evidence. We grouped the resulting studies according to their possible utility and application towards tracking the WHO and national program progress. Results confirmed the paucity and diversity of study methods, challenging generalization across regions or even countries, and lost efficiency of sparse research resources in this area. We conclude by suggesting standardized approaches to guide research that is closely linked to program actions and can guide global policy and progress.

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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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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

Cools 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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COVID-19 in the least developed, fragile, and conflict-affected countries — How can the most vulnerable be protected?

Ebrahim, S. H., Gozzer, E., Ahmed, Y., Imtiaz, R., Ditekemena, J., Rahman, N. M. M., Schlagenhauf, P., Alqahtani, S. A., & Memish, Z. A. (2021). COVID-19 in the least developed, fragile, and conflict-affected countries—How can the most vulnerable be protected? International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 102, 381–388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.10.055

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2020 NTD Supply Chain Forum Meeting Report

CWW is delighted to share the 2020 NTD Supply Chain Forum Meeting Report!

Publication date: This report was disseminated in October 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 NTD Supply Chain Forum Meeting.

 

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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

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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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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