Children Without Worms (CWW) envisions the world's children free of intestinal parasites so they can grow, play, learn and enrich their communities. To achieve this vision, CWW works with partners around the world to administer deworming medication donated by Johnson & Johnson. CWW also advocates for hygiene education and increased access to water and sanitation facilities as part of a comprehensive strategy for reducing the global burden of soil-transmitted helminths (STH).
Children Without Worms is a partnership between The Task Force for Global Health and Johnson & Johnson.
Through its work, Children Without Worms (CWW) strives to achieve the following program objectives: 1) To support recipient countries in reducing STH infections as a public health and child development problem in accord with the 2001 resolution of the World Health Assembly. CWW does this by donating mebendazole to children in communities with the heaviest worm burden to reduce associated morbidities, enhance education and promote child development. 2) To encourage recipient countries to establish a comprehensive and sustainable STH control policy that combines mass deworming treatment with the promotion of health behavior change and improvements in sanitation and safe water supplies. 3) To increase the use of effective country-level partnerships for STH control.
Children Without Worms (CWW) oversees the donation of mebendazole by Johnson & Johnson to Ministries of Health and Education in eight recipient countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Lao PDR, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Zambia. The donation is designated for treating school-age children infected or most at-risk of infection with soil-transmitted helminths (STH), a group of intestinal parasites endemic to some of the poorest tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. CWW also advocates for a comprehensive strategy that breaks the cycle of reinfection. This strategy includes treating children for infection with mebendazole and preventing re-infection by educating them on good hygiene practices and increasing access to water and sanitary latrines. CWW refers to this four-component strategy—Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Education, and Deworming—as the WASHED Framework.