Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Expanding our committment

Our company intends to expand our commitment to the fight against schistosomiasis tenfold. To understand the logistic challenges of our Praziquantel Donation Program, please click on the video.

World Health Day: Focus on fighting schistosomiasis

In 2014, vector-borne diseases were the focal topic of World Health Day on April 7. These are a group of diseases that are transmitted by vectors, i.e. living organisms such as mosquitoes, flies or ticks. Schistosomiasis, which is caused by worms, is also a vector-borne disease. Particularly Africa is affected, with 90% of all patients, half of whom are children. We have been working since 2007 to eliminate this dangerous tropical disease in cooperation with WHO. The large-scale Praziquantel Donation Program with over 50 million tablets donated in 2013 alone is helping here.


Praziquantel has been used to successfully treat schistosomiasis — a parasitic worm disease. Until now the drug could only be used to treat children over the age of six
The launch of praziquantel in 1980 was a milestone in the treatment of the parasitic worm disease schistosomiasis.


Frank Gotthardt, Head of Public Affairs
Frank Gotthardt, Head of Public Affairs, talks about the goals of our Praziquantel Donation Program, the challenges in implementing the measures locally and the next steps for the future.


Additional Information
Documents for journalists and media representatives (fact sheet, interview, photos)


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