Schistosomiasis in Africa

  • Schistosomiasis: The UNICEF-UNDP-World Bank-WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases
    The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is an independent global programme of scientific collaboration and has an informational website on schistosomiasis, its life cycle, reserach and treatment.
  • Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)
    The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), which is based in Imperial College, London and largely funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to encourage treatment of schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa. There are SCI programs in place in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
  • Schistosomiasis Research Program
    The Schistosomiasis Research Program (SRP) was established at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in 2002 through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an agreement with the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative at Imperial College, London. The SRP is part of a five-year, international collaboration to address the burden and facilitate the control of schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • WHO: Partners for Parasitic Control (PPC)
    This is the WHO's site for schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminths, and the Partners for Parasite Control (PPC). There are links to health education materials, recent publications, statistics as well as the PPC's newsletter.
  • Cambridge Schistosomiasis Research Group
    This site contains information not only about the research that the Cambridge Schistosomiasis Research Group carries out, but also about aspects of schistosomiasis as a tropical parasitic disease. Other helminth infections are covered, although in less detail. The information on general parasitology is intended as supplementary background information for the University of Cambridge MPD parasitology lectures.
  • DBL- Institute for Health Research and Development
    Internationally, DBL is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Integrated Control of Helminth Infections. DBL - Institute for Health Research and Development is a private foundation committed to supplying relevant, health-related knowledge and expertise in support of sustainable development. DBL is core-funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Danida.
  • Schistosomiasis Control Program- Carter Center
    This site provides information and links about Schistomsimiasis in general, and specific information about the Carter Center's project in Nigeria. They have found that more than six million praziquantel tablets are needed to treat those in just two states. The Carter Center program is working with Nigerian health authorities on education programs to prevent the disease.
  • GNOSIS GIS- GIS network of snail-borne infections
    The aim of GNOSIS GIS is to facilitate interaction of a network of collaborating health workers and earth scientists dedicated to development of global computer-based models that can be used for improved control programs for schistosomiasis and other snail-borne diseases of medical and veterinary importance.
  • Schistosomiasis Research Group- University of York
    Site provides basic background information and links to articles published by group members.
  • Schistosomiasis- Merck Manual
    Basic, yet detailed information about the disease.
  • eMedicine- "Schistosomiasis" (article)
    Article with deatiled clinical information about Schistosomiasis written by Amy J. Behrman, MD of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
  • CDC, DPDx- Schistosomiasis Fact Sheet
    Basic information about the disease hosted by DPDx, a Web site developed and maintained by CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases
  • Schistosomiasis
    Information and links about Schistosomiasis for physicians and travelers. Content updated regularly.
  • WHO- Global Schistosomiasis Atlas
    The Global Atlas on Schistosomiasis was published in 1987 and is still an extremely useful document today. For each country, a brief overview of the situation is presented, both in French and English, which describes the distribution of the infection as derived from epidemiological surveys, the climatic and physical conditions in the country, (for example, water bodies which make transmission more likely) and any human activities, (for example, the building of dams or irrigation systems) which increase infection rates.