Soil-Transmitted Helmithiasis (STH) is an infection of intestinal worms that is susceptible to children. The disease is serious to children’s health and causes malnutrition, increases susceptibility to serious infections, and stunts growth during a critical development period. Globally there are about 40 million children that suffer with this disease and only 20 percent were reached by de-worming treatment in 2005.
Children Without Worms is a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and The Task Force for Global Health that supports global efforts to reduce the burden of STH infections in children who are most severely infected or at high-risk of infection and have limited access to safe and effective treatment. Children Without Worms achieves its goal by working with national programs to leverage the donation of mebendazole from Johnson & Johnson to promote comprehensive and sustainable control of STH.
In 2005, the program was focused solely on the global treatment and prevention of STH. It treated approximately 20 million of the world’s most at-risk children and represents the largest health care company donation that targets STH. The donations began in 2007 with Bangladesh, Cameroon, Uganda and Zambia. In 2008, CWW expanded to eight countries, adding Cambodia, Cape Verde, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Nicaragua.
|Location||Worldwide, Zambia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Uganda|