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 2020, Sightsavers and partners provided more than 15 million treatments for schistosomiasis across Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria. We also trained more than 137,000 local volunteers to distribute medication to treat a range of neglected tropical diseases, including schistosomiasis.