Our schistosomiasis treatment programmes specifically target school-age children and adults considered at risk, such as fishermen, living in endemic regions. In areas with very high rates of infection, entire communities may be treated through mass drug administration.
Sightsavers and partners also encourage non-drug-based practices such as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives.
In 2021, Sightsavers and partners helped to provide more than 26 million treatments for schistosomiasis across Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
We also trained more than 450,000 local volunteers to distribute medication to treat a range of NTDs, including schistosomiasis.
Charity evaluator GiveWell has provided a further US$7.8 million to fight intestinal worms and schistosomiasis in Nigeria and Cameroon.
Ndellejong Cosmas Eljong, Sightsavers’ technical adviser for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms, tells us via video about his work to fight parasitic worm infections and how deworming can have a huge impact on communities around the world.