Schistosomiasis Elimination Program

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany initiated its Schistosomiasis Elimination Program in cooperation with WHO back in 2007 and has committed itself to fight against the tropical disease until it has been eliminated.


Facts & Figures

1bn

tablets of praziquantel have already been donated to WHO by our company

400m

school-aged children in Sub-Saharan Africa could be treated with the donated tablets

240m

people are infected worldwide and around 200,000 die from it each year

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has set itself the goal to achieve the elimination of this insidious tropical disease in selected countries by 2030 through a comprehensive approach combining treatment, research and development, health education and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).

To this end, each year Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is donating up to 250 million tablets to WHO. The planned annual donation has a value of US$ 32.5 million. The company further continues to develop new and optimized treatments, diagnostics and innovative technologies to control transmission. In addition, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is supporting awareness programs at schools in Africa in order to educate children about the causes of schistosomiasis and ways to prevent it.

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We continue to focus on holistic solutions that draw on the power of collaboration to create a world free of schistosomiasis. Together with our partners, we are determined to progress forward until we reach our goal to eliminate this neglected tropical disease.

Belén Garijo

Member of the Executive Board and CEO Healthcare

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