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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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