The Partners for Parasite Control (PPC) was launched after the World Health Assembly in 2001. It is composed of agencies of the United Nations, WHO Members States, research institutes and a multitude of NGOs. WHO acts as the Secretariat for the group and also as the lead technical agency.
At the World Health Assembly in 2001 a resolution was put forward which urged endemic countries to start seriously tackling worms, specifically schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths. Resolution 54.19 was endorsed by every single Member State which triggered two important spin-offs. First a measurable global goal was set and second the Partners for Parasite Control (PPC) was established. Resolution A 54.19
The Global Target, against which each country's progress will be measured is that at least 75% of all school aged children who are at risk of morbidity from schistosomiasis and STH should be regularly reached and treated by the year 2010.
In order to reach that goal, another 'sub-goal' was set which states that all health services in endemic areas should be stocked with the drugs to treat schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths.
To regularly treat at least 75% of all school-aged children at risk of illness from schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths by 2010.
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