The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent, philanthropic organization aiming to demonstrable improve the lives of children in developing countries by achieving large scale, sustainable impact. Soil Transmitted Helminths and Schistosomiasis sit at the nexus of two CIFF Priority Impact Areas—undernutrition and educational achievement. Worms prevent children from absorbing nutrients and are a major cause of anaemia. Furthermore, worms are linked to decreased cognitive function and learning outcomes, as well as reduced school attendance.

CIFF has chosen to focus its resources on the deworming of pre-school and school age children by supporting the development and scale up of evidence based, sustainable and government owned national programmes. Our largest funded programme to date is the Kenya National Deworming Programme, implemented by the Ministries of Health and Education, which deworms 5.9m children annually. CIFF has additionally provided support to the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication programme. Looking ahead, CIFF will be exploring cost-effective pathways to breaking transmission of worms in a variety of contexts. We hope that by 2020 the new global vision will be that every child everywhere is free from worms forever.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is one of the 20 original endorsers of the London Declaration