FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

 

What is the Global NGO Deworming Inventory?

The Global NGO Deworming Inventory (Inventory) collates data from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which administer deworming treatments. Data are compiled into a single, accurate database for use by soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and schistosomiasis partners. The Inventory will capture disease-specific initiatives. Collected data will complement data stored and managed in WHO’s Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT) Databank.

 

Why is the Inventory needed?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a 2020 target of covering 75% of preschool-age and school-age children at risk of STH and schistosomiasis with periodic deworming treatment.[i]  In 2013, STH affected over 880 million people[ii] in 106 endemic countries and schistosomiasis affected over 260 million people in 52 countries [iii].

The WHO PCT Databank measures progress towards treatment coverage goals of NTDs including STH and schistosomiasis. For 2013, the PCT Databank indicates treatment coverage of at-risk children is 34% for STH and 27% for schistosomiasis. It is believed that these figures are an underestimation of the true scale of treatment coverage, as it may not reflect treatment data of NGOs.

The Inventory will improve understanding of where deworming treatment coverage gaps exist. Additionally, the recent revision of 2013 STH preschool treatment coverage rates resulting from supplementary data submitted by UNICEF demonstrates that without improved reporting we cannot effectively demonstrate progress toward WHO 2020 treatment targets. Those numbers resulted in a 104% increase in the number of preschool age children treated for STH.

Improved information on who is administering deworming medicines and where and how many individuals are receiving those medicines will strengthen partnerships, and promote coordinated advocacy, robust program monitoring, and efficient use of resources.

 

What are the objectives of the Inventory?

The objectives of the Inventory are to:

  • Ensure NGO-administered deworming treatments are accurately reflected in the PCT Databank;
  • Quantify the contribution of NGOs generally to national and global deworming treatment coverage; and
  • Improve understanding of where deworming treatment coverage gaps exist.

 

How is the Inventory related to the WHO PCT databank?

The Inventory will complement the WHO Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT) Databank, which contains deworming treatment data from ministries of health, by providing deworming treatment data from NGOs.

Information provided for the Inventory will be compared to and integrated in the PCT Databank, for generation of complete national level treatment reports (see below for further details on how information will be used).

 

Who is implementing this project?

The Inventory is a collaborative effort of the World Health Organization (click here to read endorsement), the STH Coalition, and the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, in partnership with Children Without Worms (CWW).

  • CWW collaborates with Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the World Health Organization, government ministries of health and education, multilateral donor agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Our partnerships are all in the service of controlling intestinal worms, ensuring that children are healthy and developing to their full potential, no matter where in the world they may live.  

 

What is the role of CWW?

CWW will assist in data collection and cleaning. CWW has assisted WHO and others to formulate the questions asked and design and create the Inventory database.  

 

Why should my organization participate in the Inventory?

By participating in this Inventory, you can:

  • Have your deworming accomplishments counted as part of reaching the global STH treatment target of treating 75% of at-risk preschool-age and school-age children.
  • Identify areas/populations not currently covered to inform program expansion.
  • Identify organizations deworming in the same area and help form mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance your activities.
  • Identify gaps in the reporting chain so as to improve the timeliness and completeness of reporting.
  • Have your data displayed on the NTD Partners Map and thus help partners understand who is administering deworming treatments in specific locations.

 

How do I participate in the Inventory? 

Submitting your deworming data is simple. We prefer data be submitted by district, but it can be submitted by state/province or country. The deadline for data submission is September 29, 2015.

To submit your data, use one of the following methods:

  • Complete the online form. Each deworming entry only takes 2-3 minutes to complete.
  • For larger amounts of data (e.g., recommended for reporting of deworming in 15 or more geographic areas), a formatted batch submission spreadsheet is available to help expedite submission. If submitting data for many areas, consider using this designated spreadsheet. Detailed instructions are available in this spreadsheet to help properly format your data. 

If needed, CWW can also help format your existing reports or data sets. Simply email relevant information to cww@taskforce.org.

 

 

[i] World Health Organization. Soil-transmitted halminthiases: STH : eliminating soil-transmitted helminthiases as a public health problem in children : progress report 2001-2010 and strategic plan 2011-2020. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2012.

[ii] World Health Organization. Preventive chemotherapy and transmission control databank. 2013. Accessed February 17, 2015 at http://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/preventive_chemotherapy/sth/en/.

[iii] World Health Organization. Preventive chemotherapy and transmission control databank. 2013. Accessed February 17, 2015 at http://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/preventive_chemotherapy/sch/en/.