Posts Tagged Children Without Worms

Global NGO Deworming Inventory: Call for Participation

August 18th, 2011

The global deworming community is made up of numerous hard-working independent organizations such as yours. We invite you to participate in the 2010 Global NGO Deworming Inventory to help ensure the deworming work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and other independent organizations is recognized and counted.

What is the Global NGO Deworming Inventory? The Global NGO Deworming Inventory (www.deworminginventory.org) was launched in June of 2010 with the explicit purpose of assessing the breadth and scope of NGO deworming activities and their treatment achievements worldwide.  The Inventory collates data on NGO deworming activities and presents an overview of who is deworming where, and how many children are being treated. Data from the Inventory are then shared with the WHO Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT) Databank to compile NGO deworming data with data from Ministries of Health and measure collective progress towards the World Health Assembly (WHA) target of treating 75% of school age children at risk of infection with intestinal worms.

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CWWs Stamp of Approval on Reinventing the Toilet

August 4th, 2011

Below is Children Without Worms reaction to Gates Foundation announcement of new sanitation technology funding to reinvent the toilet.

By: Kerry Gallo, Senior Program Associate of Children Without Worms

Anyone who has visited a school in sub-Saharan Africa is familiar with the sight of a dilapidated latrine. The door is hanging off the hinges (if it’s still around), the smell inside is unbearable, and flies buzz everywhere. With the organization that built the latrines long-gone and the upkeep abandoned, it’s not uncommon for latrines to fall into disrepair and neglect. It is little wonder that children faced with the option of a filthy, unsafe latrine may choose to relieve themselves in the open. Intestinal worms (or soil-transmitted helminths) spread in these conditions, leading to the deplorable figure of 800 million children worldwide at risk of infection.

So what’s the solution to sustainable school sanitation programs? According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it is improved toilet technology: toilets built with a country’s environmental, ecologic, financial, and cultural characteristics in mind. New models that enable schools and communities to implement sanitation systems that are both sustainable and effective; toilets that meet the needs of girls, the disabled, and young children.The Gates Foundation calls it Reinventing The Toilet Challenge—but you might call it the search for “Toilet 2.0.”

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School-Based Deworming Programs: Giving Children Important Lessons for a Bright Future

July 20th, 2011

Kim Koporc is director of Children Without Worms and has contributed to End the Neglect in the past. She recently wrote a piece on school deworming for ABC News Save a Life initiative, a year-long project that brings to light the most prominent global health issues affecting the poorest of poor throughout the world. Ms. Koporcs contribution is below:

By Kim Koporc, Director of Children Without Worms

Recently, the World Health Organization adjusted its figures to better quantify how much of the world’s population is affected by three types of parasites – roundworm, hookworm and whipworms – known collectively as soil-transmitted helminths (STH).

The new number is disconcerting. More than 800 million children on the planet are at risk of infection, and, included in those at greatest risk are school-age children (age 6 to 15) – 600 million of them – whose lives could be changed forever if not treated. Once these parasites enter the body, they sap the vital nutrients children need to grow and rob them of the energy they need to pay attention at school. Even the most energetic six year old can become appallingly lethargic, and, over time, the malnutrition can lead to a string of serious infections and eventually stunt a child’s growth forever.

While rarely fatal, an untreated infection can be the start of a lifetime of hardship – after all, children who cannot learn at school will find it even more difficult to earn a living for themselves, take care of their family and break out of the cycle of poverty.

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Fighting the Effects of Intestinal Worms

July 6th, 2011

By Kim Koporc, Director, Children Without Worms

More than 800 million children are at risk of infection with intestinal worms, and at greatest risk are school-age children (age 6 to 15) – 600 million of them. Worms sap children of the nutrients they need to grow and learn, but there is a solution. I recently traveled to Cambodia with the Global Health TV to tell the story of a deworming day – a day when children receive deworming medication and learn about handwashing and sanitation. Check out the video below to learn more about a deworming day.

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