Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) in Africa


Principal Investigator:
Michael Reich

Center for Population Studies

Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine

Dates of Research:
January 1, 2003 — February 28, 2005


Schistosomiasis is a disease of the poor typically affecting rural villagers- especially school-age children, women, farmers and fishermen, who lack access to safe water and sanitation and whose daily activities bring them in contact with schistosoma-infested waters. This project implements a program that will reduce schistosomiasis- related morbidity in endemic areas of sub-Saharan Africa and promote sustained demand and capacity for schistosomiasis control. SCI’s goal is to assist at least four sub-Saharan African countries to develop schistosomiasis control projects to provide treatment to 15 million children and others at risk of schistosomiasis over a period of five years. With support for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SCI and its global and African partners are able to assist and accelerate control of schistosomiasis in Africa, while building and strengthening the capacity of nation programs to provide ongoing treatment to those who need it most.