SCI Foundation is now Unlimit Health. Learn more about what the change means for our ongoing efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

The link between nutrition and parasitic infections

We discuss nutrition and parasitic infections, including:

  • How parasites cause anaemia and stunting
  • The integration of treatment against parasitic infections into health and nutrition programmes
  • Linking primary infection prevention efforts to prevention of undernutrition
  • What Unlimit Health is doing about parasitic worms and nutrition

Latest news and stories

Malawi becomes the first country to incorporate genital schistosomiasis into national guidelines

In late January, the UK Parliament's International Development Committee released their report on UK aid impact on sexual and reproductive health. One of the report’s key recommendations was for the integration of and care for people affected by female genital schistosomiasis – a little known but painful and debilitating disease affecting millions of women - into broader sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming.

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Event in parliament calls for continued collaboration and investment in neglected tropical diseases

The All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and the UK Coalition Against NTDs organised an event at the House of Lords under the theme ‘Unite, Act, Eliminate’ to commemorate World NTD Day on 30 January.

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Winner of Unlimit Health’s poster competition reflects on her experience at the Houses of Parliament

To mark World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Day on 30th January 2024, Unlimit Health held the Shine a Light poster competition for a second year. The competition aims to raise awareness of NTDs among children and young people. The winners were invited to an event at the Houses of Parliament where they had the opportunity to listen to speeches by people affected, and meet organisations working to eliminate these diseases.

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How to support our work

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.

What we do

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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How we do it

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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Our work

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Research projects

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.

Featured projects

The Adopt programme
SOS project
Morbid pilot
Uganda community-led pilot
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Monitoring & evaluation

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.

An evidence-based approach

Epidemiological surveys
Mapping surveys
Reassessment surveys
Programmatic surveys

Success stories

The She is Seen campaign supports women at risk of female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) in Côte d’Ivoire to receive the preventive treatment and health education they need. The campaign will help provide services for up to 140,600 women over two years and enable the future roll-out of FGS services across the whole of Côte d’Ivoire.

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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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About Unlimit Health

Equitable

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.

Inclusive

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.

Transparent

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.