- Added 1 Feb 2016
DeWorm3: Testing the feasibility of integrated approaches to eliminating soil-transmitted helminths
We are looking for research partners to collaborate on community trials in countries with relevant neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) endemicities. We will test the feasibility of eliminating soil-transmitted helminths (STHs, or intestinal worms) and developing cost-effective methods for scaling up elimination programs. Over 1.45 billion people are infected with soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), including 845 million children, in some of the world’s poorest communities. The project will be led by a team at the Natural History Museum in London and will last for five-years, in the first instance. Museum scientists have a long history of researching disease and understanding the identity, nature and diversification of parasites and vectors. The DeWorm3 project aims to: - demonstrate the feasibility of eliminating STHs using existing and intensified mass drug administration (MDA) strategies, specifically by leveraging existing lymphatic filariasis elimination platforms - inform the guidelines, policies, and operational plans needed to successfully achieve STH elimination - link qualitative and operational studies of the acceptability and feasibility of different strategies to ongoing field trials, guiding future implementation and scale-up plans. Project goals: Conduct field trials to assess optimal strategies for interrupting disease transmission and reducing morbidity. Develop implementation strategies to achieve successful STHs elimination at scale. Develop clear definitions (epidemiologic and operational) of STHs transmission interruption.
If you are interested and your institutions have experience conducting multi-site community trials please apply by following the link and submitting a letter of intent as per the instructions - See more at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-sc...