SCI Foundation is now Unlimit Health. Learn more about what the change means for our ongoing efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases
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.
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.
To mark our first twenty one years, we put together an interactive story showcasing the achievements made through our collaborations with ministries of health around the world to prevent and treat infections caused by schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths.
To mark World Health Worker Week, we hear from a physician and a nurse in Ghana to understand the challenges they face as health workers and celebrate their unwavering commitment to improving health outcomes in their community.
Health workers, Berthine and Prisca, are walking to households, collecting information and giving Mebendazole and Praziquantel to children from five years old to fifteen in Maromitety Vatomandry, Madagascar.
Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis are the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in sub-Saharan Africa. According to research by The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by the END Fund, NTDs cause an annual loss of 17 million healthy life years globally, with 40% of these lost in sub-Saharan Africa.
“I am familiar with Dache (local name for schistosomiasis). I know people who have had it. I’ve had it myself. My wife has also had it, and my son, Yunus.”
Thanks to donations from the pharmaceutical companies, millions of people are able to receive the treatment they need against these diseases to live a healthier life.
By supporting in-country programmes through training, mentorship and coaching, we ensure local ownership.