Schistosomiasis Elimination Program
Facts & Figures
tablets of praziquantel have already been provided to WHO by our company
school-aged children in Sub-Saharan Africa could be treated with the donated tablets
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.
Our objective is to eliminate schistosomiasis by 2030. With an integrated approach and a strong network of partners, we firmly believe that a world without this disease is possible.
A world free of schistosomiasis
A world free of schistosomiasis is possible, and with our partners, we are working to make this a reality in Bench Maji, Ethiopia. Follow Manyazewal's story of recovery and how we are #MakingSchistoHistory.
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