Working toward a Worm-Free Future

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Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
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Hawaii-resident Bill Reeves is the co-founder of New York-based hedge fund Blue Crest Capital Management, where he served until 2014. During his time with the company, Blue Crest became the third-largest firm of its kind in Europe with over £30 billion in assets under management. Apart from his business pursuits, Bill Reeves is also an active supporter of various non-profit organizations in and outside of Hawaii. As part of these activities, he previously served as a board member at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

Headquartered in London, CIFF is a philanthropic organization that works with a number of partners in order to transform the lives of people who are poor and vulnerable in developing nations such as India and Kenya. It has several priorities, one of which is deworming.

Around the world, over 800 million children are at risk of being infected by parasitic worms. Children who are infected with these parasites silently suffer, resulting in compromised health, nutritional deficiencies, and reduced cognitive abilities. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem. A single deworming pill has been shown to significantly reduce the number of worms in the body.

With the goal of completely eradicating worm infections, CIFF works with several partners to provide support to evidence-based and sustainable deworming programs for children. Moreover, CIFF also funds operational and scientific research that tests the possibility of breaking the transmission of worms from child to child through mass drug administrations.