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Dr. Luis JŠuregui, PAHEF Trustee; Associate Director of Education for Internal Medicine & Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio

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WHO Global Partners for Parasite Control

In May 2001, the World Health Assembly unanimously passed a resolution establishing the Partners for Parasite Control Program (PPC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) to begin dealing in earnest with parasitic worms, especially schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthes (STH). PPC is leading worldwide efforts to achieve the resolutionís goal: at least 75% of all school-aged children at risk of schistosomiasis and STH be routinely treated by 2010.

PPC serves as a forum for discussion, and is open to all interested parties that are engaging in, or wish to engage in, parasite control. PAHEF has been an active participant in PPC meetings in Rome, Geneva and Washington DC. To read the meeting notes of the Rome 2002 PPC meeting, click here. Click on the PDF image in the upper right for the Report of the Third Global Meeting of the Partners for Parasite Control: Deworming for Health and Development held in Geneva in November 2004.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, affordable, essential, single-dose drugs can help the estimated 20-30 million people who are needlessly suffering from intestinal worms.
soil-transmitted helminth distribution in Latin America and the Caribbean

Photo credit: WHO Global Parters for Parasite Control

Within the partnership, pharmaceutical companies provide such drugs to treat people infected with intestinal worms living in high-risk areas. Integrated approaches of the global partnership, which comprises the public, commercial, and nongovernmental sectors, and existing control programs are expanding access to these essential drugs by streamlining delivery and reducing costs and thereby lowering the worm burden among those most vulnerable.

Global Partners include:

UN organizations
  • WHO Secretariat
  • World Bank
  • United Nations High Committee for Refugees
  • Food and Agricultural Organization
  • UNICEF
  • The Fresh Initiative

Foundations
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Pan American Health and Education Foundation

Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Bayer
  • MedPharm

NGOs/PVOs
  • The CORE Group
  • Global Relief Fund
  • Hashimoto Initiative
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)
  • Project HOPE
  • International Save the Children Alliance
  • Save the Children
  • OXFAM
  • The Partnership for Child Development

Countries
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Japan

Research/Universities
  • US Centers for Disease Control
  • Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • George Washington University
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  • Danish Bilharziasis Laboratory


Thumbnail photo credit: WHO/TDR/Stammers



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