February 19,2019
Conducting an ICSPM survey in Bangldesh  National deworming programs need high-quality data to scale-up interventions, streamline intervention delivery, and direct resources where they are mos...
June 1,2018
Nearly 20 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the risk soil-transmitted helminthiasis poses to women of reproductive age (WRA). Blood loss from STH, particularly from hookworm infections, has been amply demonstrated to cause severe morbidity and exacerbate maternal mortality through anemia. As a result, WHO recommended, in 1994, that deworming of this risk group be part of STH control efforts.[1] Children Without Worms (CWW) has helped expand global STH control efforts t...
May 14,2018
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Provides technical and scientific expertise for programs in the areas of communicable disease, chronic disease and environmental epidemiology. Designs, conducts and reports on the epidemiological study of diseases, collects and analyzes data and develops health education materials. Manages and participates in investigations and surveys that have national and international impact. Conducts program research and prepares operational and statistical reports. May write publishab...
May 1,2018
A groundbreaking new test to detect drug resistance in intestinal worms is expected to be ready for proof of concept testing early next year. This test could help large-scale treatment programs identify resistance before it takes hold within a population. Intestinal worms cause soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), a neglected tropical disease that affects more than a billion people in some of the poorest and hardest to access areas of the world. The Task Force program Children Without Wor...
February 26,2018
With the 2012 launch of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), stakeholders from across the globe resolved to control, eliminate, or eradicate 10 NTDs by 2020. As outlined in the recently-published London Declaration’s 5th Progress Report, those efforts have surpassed a major milestone: delivery of treatment, for at least one NTD, to more than 1 billion people in a single year.   Despite immense challenges, tremendous progress has been made against soil-tr...
February 23,2018
Note: This article was updated on March 13, 2018 to reflect revised global coverage figures   The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends countries with ≥20% prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) at baseline administer preventive chemotherapy (PC) to preschool-age (PSAC: ages 1-4) and school-age children (SAC: ages 5-14). The related WHO target is ≥75% treatment coverage of PSAC and SAC in all countries requiring preventive chemotherapy (PC) by 2020. Min...
February 23,2018
  Collaboration with STH Coalition Partners and STH Experts yields important progress Experts are concerned about the potential emergence of drug resistance in the parasites that cause soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), a disease infecting over one billion people. During their annual meeting last November the STH Advisory Committee, an independent body of experts, called for donors and others to support new research in this critical area.   Although drug resistan...
February 2,2018
The STH Advisory Committee is an independent group of experts in the areas of policy, strategy, research, and program implementation related to soil-transmitted helminthiasis control. Individual STHAC members are specialists in child health, clinical medicine, diagnostic sciences, education, epidemiology, parasitology, public health program implementation, spatial statistics, and water, sanitation and hygiene. As the technical and scientific arm of the STH Coalition, the STHAC holds an...
January 26,2018
Please join the STH Coalition for the first quarterly operational research call of 2018! If you did not receive an invitation, please send our coalition an email to register. 
December 6,2017
News reports swirled before Thanksgiving that a North Korean defector had 10-inch long parasitic worms (Ascaris lumbricoides) removed from his stomach after fleeing to the south. While shedding light on the poor health conditions in the country, the story also brought attention to a significant global health problem that affects as many as 1.5 billion people and causes a host of negative health effects, especially in children. The Task Force’s Children Without Worms (CWW) program is work...

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