The term “coverage” refers to reaching the people around the world that are most in need of preventive treatment against soil transmitted helminthiasis, or intestinal worm infections, with deworming drugs. STH Coalition members that conduct deworming, work together to identify gaps in coverage and to identify projects, products, or activities that the coalition can address to extend drug coverage to populations that are most in need.
Women of Reproductive Age
Since its inception in 2014 the STH Coalition has acknowledged Women of Reproductive Age (WRA) as an important focus for deworming because of illness related to hookworm infections. Much groundwork has been laid to understand the key opportunities and challenges for reaching this population. The STH coalition will continue to track the developments of anticipated WHO guidance, and research and share with STH Coalition members to continue our work in this area.
To improve the quality and use of data to guide programmatic decision making, select STH Coalition members and partners are collaborating to address these issues through improved data management and use by National NTD programs.
On behalf of the Coalition, the Secretariat advocates for implementation of comprehensive and sustainable STH control programs and efforts. We seek to provide ongoing opportunities for joint information sharing and learning, and to support implementation of best practices.
To learn more about the priority focus areas, read the 2017-2020 STH Coalition Work Plan.
Shared goals for the STH Coalition include:
- Identify barriers to STH control and develop strategies to overcome them
- Attract and engage interested partners
- Leverage partnerships to achieve the global goal to eliminate STH as a public health problem.