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.
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.
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 #MakingSchistory.
Hotspot for schistosomiasis
Bench Maji is a hotspot for schistosomiasis, a terrible water-borne disease caused by parasitic worms. You can catch schistosomiasis while playing in the rivers and lakes…
…or by washing clothes.
Manyazewal caught schistosomiasis while splashing in the river, and the serious symptoms prevented him from attending school.
Thankfully Ergoya Gebre from the Mizan Health Centre diagnosed and treated Manyazewal.
In school, Manyazewal and his peers learn about the disease and how to prevent it.
The Ministry of Health and the NALA Foundation also help with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) measures so that Manayazewal doesn’t get re-infected.
Thanks to a strong alliance of highly engaged partners, Manyazewal is now back at school with his friends.
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