The Starworms project aims to strengthen the monitoring and surveillance of drug efficacy and anthelmintic resistance in soil-transmitted helminth (STH) programs. As such, it will support deworming programs in their quest to eliminate STHs as a public health problem by 2020.
The specific objectives are
- to validate diagnostic tools for monitoring drug efficacy and the spread of anthelmintic resistance,
- to establish a surveillance system that monitors the global patterns of drug efficacy and spread of anthelmintic resistance in STH programs, and
- to develop supporting tools to plan, analyze and follow-up on surveys on drug efficacy and the spread of anthelmintic resistance