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

  • 1,3bn

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

  • 520m

    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 the insidious tropical disease schistosomiasis in selected countries by 2030 through a comprehensive approach build on five cornerstones. To this end, each year Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is providing up to 250 million tablets to WHO for the treatment in endemic countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. 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 and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) measures at schools in Africa. The aim is to educate children about the causes of schistosomiasis and ways to prevent it. The fifth pillar of the company’s strategic approach focuses on advocacy and building strong partnerships.

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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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