Schistosomiasis

Over 240 million people suffer from the tropical disease schistosomiasis, with more than 200,000 dying each year as a result. Together with our partners we plan to eliminate this disease once and for all.

Our goal is elimination

We are committed towards the fight against schistosomiasis today more than ever. With the right interventions it is treatable and preventable, this is why we and our partners are working tirelessly to make schistosomiasis history.

…is one of the most devastating tropical disease in terms of public health burden and economic impact. The core objective of our investments in schistosomiasis is to eliminate this life-threatening disease. By providing tablets to treat schistosomiasis 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.

  • 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.

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Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium Program

The Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium is an international public-private partnership that aims to develop, register and provide access to a suitable pediatric praziquantel formulation for treating schistosomiasis in preschool-age children (below 6 years of age).

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Would you have known?

Many facts around schistosomiasis are surprising - check your knowledge about the neglected tropical disease!

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The intermediate host in the life cycle of schistosomiasis is ….

a fish

a dog

a snail

an earthworm

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What is the natural habitat of the snails that carry the parasite?

The ocean

Freshwater (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, creeks, and streams)

A saltwater lagoon

A raging river

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How many eggs a day can a female worm release into the human bloodstream?

Up to 250 eggs

Up to 1500 eggs

Up to 850 eggs

Up to 3500 eggs

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When was bilharzia officially identified by the parasitologist Theodor Bilharz?

In the 1850s

In the 1920s

In the 1970s

In the 1780s

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Which influential person is believed to have had urinary problems due to schistosomiasis infection?

The Sun King Louis XIV of France

Julius Caeser

Napoleon Bonaparte

George Washington

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In which historical remains were traces of the parasite found?

In the “Oetzi”, the iceman

In Egyptian mummies

In the body of Christoph Columbus

In the bones of Michelangelo

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How many people worldwide are infected with schistosomiasis?

3.5 million

60 million

110 million

240 million

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  • What is schistosomiasis?

    Schistosomiasis is a water-borne tropical disease caused by parasitic worms. Click below to learn more about it.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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