The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) at Imperial College London, is a non-profit initiative that works with Ministries of Health and Education in sub-Saharan African countries and Yemen.
It supports and evaluates treatment programmes against schistosomiasis (shis-toe-so-my-a-sis) and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH).
Schistosomiasis and STH are types of parasitic “worm” infections. They are part of a group called Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which affect the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world.
The World Health Organization estimates that 206 million people have schistosomiasis and 1.5 billion have STH.
These infections can result in:
The majority of SCI-supported programmes treat school-age children (5-14 years old), but can include at-risk adults.
The impact of SCI-supported treatment programmes is observed quickly: