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Control of schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa: progress made, new opportunities and remaining challenges.
Parasitology. 2009 Nov; 136(13):1665-75.P

Abstract

Several other journal supplements have documented progress made in the control of schistosomiasis in Egypt, China and Brazil, however, with more than 97% of the schistosome infections now estimated to occur in Africa, the relevance of this special issue in Parasitology cannot be overemphasized. In total, 18 articles are presented, inclusive of a lead-editorial from the WHO highlighting a seminal resolution at the 54th World Health Assembly in 2001 that advocated de-worming. Facilitated by a US$ 30 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2002, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative subsequently fostered implementation of large-scale schistosomiasis (and soil-transmitted helminthiasis) control programmes in six selected African countries. From 2005, CONTRAST, a European union-funded consortium, was formed to conduct multi-disciplinary research pertaining to optimisation of schistosomiasis control. Progress made in schistosomiasis control across sub-Saharan Africa since the turn of the new millennium is reviewed, shedding light on the latest findings stemming from clinical, epidemiological, molecular and social sciences research, inclusive of public health interventions with monitoring and evaluation activities. New opportunities for integrating the control of schistosomiasis and other so-called neglected tropical diseases are highlighted, but more importantly, several opportune questions that arise from it frame the remaining challenges ahead for an enduring solution.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Wolfson Wellcome Biomedical Laboratories, Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London, SW7 5BD, UK. r.stothard@nhm.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Introductory Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19814845

Citation

Stothard, J R., et al. "Control of Schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa: Progress Made, New Opportunities and Remaining Challenges." Parasitology, vol. 136, no. 13, 2009, pp. 1665-75.
Stothard JR, Chitsulo L, Kristensen TK, et al. Control of schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa: progress made, new opportunities and remaining challenges. Parasitology. 2009;136(13):1665-75.
Stothard, J. R., Chitsulo, L., Kristensen, T. K., & Utzinger, J. (2009). Control of schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa: progress made, new opportunities and remaining challenges. Parasitology, 136(13), 1665-75. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182009991272
Stothard JR, et al. Control of Schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa: Progress Made, New Opportunities and Remaining Challenges. Parasitology. 2009;136(13):1665-75. PubMed PMID: 19814845.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Control of schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa: progress made, new opportunities and remaining challenges. AU - Stothard,J R, AU - Chitsulo,L, AU - Kristensen,T K, AU - Utzinger,J, Y1 - 2009/10/09/ PY - 2009/10/10/entrez PY - 2009/10/10/pubmed PY - 2010/2/6/medline SP - 1665 EP - 75 JF - Parasitology JO - Parasitology VL - 136 IS - 13 N2 - Several other journal supplements have documented progress made in the control of schistosomiasis in Egypt, China and Brazil, however, with more than 97% of the schistosome infections now estimated to occur in Africa, the relevance of this special issue in Parasitology cannot be overemphasized. In total, 18 articles are presented, inclusive of a lead-editorial from the WHO highlighting a seminal resolution at the 54th World Health Assembly in 2001 that advocated de-worming. Facilitated by a US$ 30 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2002, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative subsequently fostered implementation of large-scale schistosomiasis (and soil-transmitted helminthiasis) control programmes in six selected African countries. From 2005, CONTRAST, a European union-funded consortium, was formed to conduct multi-disciplinary research pertaining to optimisation of schistosomiasis control. Progress made in schistosomiasis control across sub-Saharan Africa since the turn of the new millennium is reviewed, shedding light on the latest findings stemming from clinical, epidemiological, molecular and social sciences research, inclusive of public health interventions with monitoring and evaluation activities. New opportunities for integrating the control of schistosomiasis and other so-called neglected tropical diseases are highlighted, but more importantly, several opportune questions that arise from it frame the remaining challenges ahead for an enduring solution. SN - 1469-8161 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19814845/Control_of_schistosomiasis_in_sub_Saharan_Africa:_progress_made_new_opportunities_and_remaining_challenges_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0031182009991272/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -