The core objective of our investments in schistosomiasis is to eliminate this life-threatening disease. By providing tablets to treat the disease at scale, we are enabling people living in highly endemic regions to become healthy and fully active members of their societies. This in turn supports sustainable development in their communities. We are proud to play a part in advancing both stronger health systems and economic growth.
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.
Facts about Schistosomiasis
Disease caused by parasitic worms.
Associated with poverty and inadequate sanitation.
More than 240 million people infected worldwide.
200,000 people die every year.
92% of the estimated cases are found in sub-Saharan Africa.
Treatment is possible and available.Learn more
We are committed to the fight against schistosomiasis – and have been for more than a decade.
What is schistosomiasis?
Schistosomiasis is a water-borne tropical disease caused by parasitic worms. Click below to learn more about it.Read more
Living our commitment
More than a decade ago we committed ourselves to the fight against schistosomiasis. Learn more about our efforts to eliminate the disease.Read more
What has been going on?
More awareness will lead to greater action to control and eliminate schistosomiasis. Have a look at how we have been creating awareness of this disease.Read more