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 Organi zation estimates that 206 million people have schistosomiasis and 1.5 billion have STH.
The majority of SCI-supported programmes treat school-age children (5-14 years old), but can include at-risk adults.
Since its foundation in 2002, SCI has supported the delivery of over 159 million treatments for these infections.