Integrated school-based Soil Transmitted Helminthlasis (STH) or intestinal worm infection control program. A collaborative effort between J&J, the University of the Philippines in Manila, the Department of Health, the Department of Education and the Local Government Units.
|Title||War on Worms in Western Visayas (WOW-V)|
|Member||Johnson & Johnson|
|Beneficiaries||This is the first sub-regional effort of this type covering 3 provinces and one city in the Western Visayas region, potentially benefitting around 300,000 children.|
Johnson & Johnson's Efforts
Johnson & Johnson Philippines' entry to the 2008 Asian Corporate Citizenship Awards, the integrated school-based soil-transmitted helminth (STH) control program dubbed as War on Worms in Western Visayas (WOW-V), was awarded as Winner in the Concern for Health category and Runner-up (Excellence Award) in the Support and Improvement of Education category during the awarding Ceremonies held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore last November 21, 2008.
Initiated in March and launched in October 2007, WOW-V is a collaborative effort between J&J, the University of the Philippines in Manila, the Department of Health, the Department of Education, and the Local Government Units. It is the first sub-regional effort of this type covering 3 provinces (Antique, Aklan and Capiz) and one city (Roxas City) in the Western Visayas region, potentially benefiting around 300,000 children. It aims to do a baseline survey of the prevalence of STH infection followed by the conduct of school-based mass drug administration (MDA) for all public school children twice a year for 2 years, with monitoring surveys in the middle and at the end of this period. The project is supported by a donation of 600,000 doses of Mebendazole 500 mg tablets per year for 2 years by J&J and funding from the J&J Asia Pacific Contributions Committee, J&J Philippines Contribution Committee, and resources from the counterpart organizations. The program is accompanied by advocacy meetings to encourage the local governments to commit to provide drugs for its sustenance beyond 2 years and address the sanitary concerns that are associated with STH. In 2 years, it hopes to reduce cumulative prevalence of STH by 50%, reduce prevalence of heavy infection to near 0%, as well as reduce malnutrition rate, reduce absenteeism, and improve academic performance of the public school children.
The award announcement from the Organizers, Partners and Intel (sponsor of the Asian Corporate Citizenship Awards) described the selection of awardees as follows:
"With 170 entries from 120 companies in 15 countries vying for the Awards, the judges had a very difficult time evaluating the excellent entries. Many of the entries, like yours, were impressive. In the end, the judges made some difficult decisions. Being selected as a winner is recognition that your entry was among the best in Concern for Health and Support and Improvement of Education categories in the region."
For more information on the WOW-V program, click here (PDF document).
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