SCI Foundation is now Unlimit Health. Learn more about what the change means for our ongoing efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases
We work closely with affected countries, sharing evidence and expertise to eliminate preventable infections. Our purpose is to support people to live healthy lives, free from limiting disease.
How do we strengthen everyday health systems so they’re ready for that rainy day? The responses to new diseases need to be implemented in the same health systems that have been established for everyday health needs.
Ahead of the G7 Summit and WHA76, Dr Gabrielle Laing, Chair of the Neglected Tropical Diseases NGO Network (NNN) One Health Cross-Cutting Group and One Health Policy Advisor at Unlimit Health, talks about why COVID-19 was not a one-off and One Health is a vital approach to prepare for the next pandemic.
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Said, a young boy from Zanzibar, would like to be a great footballer one day - but schistosomiasis nearly took that dream away from him. Children across the world are better able to follow their aspirations when their health is not limited.
To make sure treatment reaches the people most in need, we support ministries of health (MoH) with a range of monitoring and evaluation tools, including epidemiological surveys for parasitic worm infections such as schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths.
Last year, we supported a pilot project in Buwaiswa and nearby communities to identify community-specific causes of schistosomiasis transmission. The results will be used to implement community-driven solutions, as well as water and sanitation services to reduce the risk of disease.
Unlimit Health – formerly known as SCI Foundation – has launched an ambitious five-year strategy that sets out a new direction for improving health equity through tackling parasitic disease, such as schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis. It follows a deep analysis of the changing development and global health context.
The strategy acknowledges that progress made over the past decade – including on elimination of parasitic infections – has been compromised by the Covid-19 pandemic and signiﬁcant reductions in funding. It builds on the need for system resilience and equity at the heart of development efforts, and the shift in emphasis away from a funder-led agenda to one driven by local ownership and sustainability considerations.
We work in partnership with ministries of health in endemic countries, supporting sustainable country-owned solutions that eliminate preventable parasitic infections.
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We do this through technical and financial support to ministries of health, in line with their strategies and plans, to strengthen health systems within affected communities.
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There are many ways to support Unlimit Health. You can donate by card, by bank-transfer, donate shares or cryptocurrency, leave a legacy in your will or fundraise for us.
We challenge inequity and strive towards a fair distribution of power and resources globally. We understand that ill health is rooted in social and economic inequity and injustice.
We respect people’s differences, recognising the importance of different perspectives and experiences, applying the principles of compassion and dignity. We understand that having varied perspectives and experiences is essential to achieving our mission.
We are transparent in our decision making and our actions and ensure that decisions are informed by credible evidence. We acknowledge the fundamental role or transparency in engendering trust, collaboration, and accountability.
We aim to constantly improve and innovate, to ensure that we optimise our efforts and use resources most cost-effectively. That’s why our scientists generate evidence to inform decisions and guide our work. By doing this, we’re able to continually better and share our knowledge, ensuring that everyone can benefit from improved health.
The Adopt programme
Uganda community-led pilot
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Monitoring and evaluation surveys are one of the main tools ministries of health (MoH) use to assess the quality and impact of treatment programmes against parasitic worms. We support MoH with the planning, delivery, and analysis of these surveys, providing critical information to enable programmes to ensure treatment for every person in need.
Our Big Give Christmas 2022 appeal highlighted a project in Uganda where people in six communities affected by schistosomiasis are devising ways to improve access to safe water and sanitation, and so reduce the transmission of the disease.
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Maymuna lives in Uganda. The water from the river available to her and her community is infested by parasitic worms, impacting their health and daily lives. We work in partnership with ministries of health to deliver treatment to young women like Maymuna.