According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 873 million children are at risk of soil-transmitted helminths (STH), including roundworm, hookworm and whipworm. In children, STH infections can lead to malnutrition, anemia and stunting. In both adults and children, they can cause fatigue, intense abdominal pain and chronic diarrhea. In severe cases they can even cause bowel obstruction, rectal prolapse and appendicitis.
To improve health and development in infected communities and reduce the prevalence of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), WHO aims to control STH and schistosomiasis by 2020. Meeting this goal requires regularly deworming at minimum 75 percent of the preschool-age and school-age children who are at risk of STH or schistosomiasis. To ensure such an ambitious global goal is met, it is paramount that ministries of health, WHO and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) coordinate and share data.
WHO operates the Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission Control (PCT) Databank, which tracks the number of children given PCT for STH, schistosomiasis and three other NTDs. The databank is populated largely by information reported by ministries of health and helps policymakers and implementers understand where deworming programs are active and where more interventions are needed to meet the WHO target of controlling STH and schistosomiasis by 2020.
However, gaps in the PCT Databank have become apparent. The 2013 STH preschool treatment data was recently revised when supplementary data was submitted by UNICEF. This data caused a 104 percent increase in the recorded number of preschool-age children treated for STH. Clearly, better coordination is needed to ensure the global community meets 2020 goals.
To facilitate better coordination among WHO, ministries of health and NGOs, the Children Without Worms (CWW).
After the data are compiled, WHO will merge the CWW database with national program data provided by ministries of health to the PCT Databank. This effort will make deworming dollars go even further by strengthening program monitoring and leading to an efficient use of resources. Ultimately, it will be an important step in controlling STH and schistosomiasis.
WHO Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT) databank which collects treatment data from governmental health agencies.
Why an Inventory?
Currently, The WHO PCT databank estimates that only 11 percent of at-risk school age children have been treated with an anthelminthic drugan underestimation of the true scale of global deworming activities given that the estimate does not include treatment data from most NGO deworming programs.
Adding NGO treatment data to the WHO PCT databank will present a more complete picture of deworming activities around the world.
Who should participate?
Any program that provides, or has provided in the past year, albendazole, mebendazole, praziquantel, or other anthelminthic drugs to treat soil‐transmitted helminth infections, schistosomiasis, or lymphatic filariasis is invited to take part in the Inventory.
Why should I participate?
By participating in the Inventory, you can ensure that your deworming accomplishments are reflected in measurements of global progress towards treating children infected with parasitic worms. What is more, by sharing your treatment numbers, you will become an integral part of the STH and schistosomiasis control community and benefit from sharing knowledge and experiences with other deworming programs.
How do I participate?
Please take part in the Inventory by taking our survey (Click Here) and sharing some information about your deworming program. Please also visit the Inventory web site (www.deworminginventory.org) to learn more about the Inventory and review information that has been collected to date.
Make your treatment numbers count!
By taking part in the Inventory, you will:
- Ensure your deworming accomplishments are reflected in measurements of global progress towards treating children infected with parasitic worms
- Promote awareness of NGO deworming achievements around the world
Find out how you can participate in this global effort!
We hope you will be a part of this initiative and make your deworming numbers count!
The Global NGO Deworming Inventory is a project of the Deworm the World (DtW).