31 October 2018

The new SCI elimination strategy

The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) has achieved a lot since its foundation in 2002. It has helped to establish programs against parasitic worm infections, including schistosomiasis, in countries where none previously existed, and now supports the delivery of millions of treatments each...

We know that treatment alone will not be enough; eliminating parasitic worm infections will require a step-change in public health programming. This is due to underlying factors sustaining disease transmission that also need to be addressed. These include access to clean water and sanitation facilities and improving behaviors to reduce disease risk.

With its new strategy, SCI responds to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3.3, which aims to end the epidemic of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases by 2030. This goal also demands that all interventions contribute to the strengthening of local health systems and ensures universal access to healthcare for all at all ages.

Four goals have been set in the new strategy:

  • Those affected by parasitic worm infections receive treatment and care;
  • Communities change their behaviors to reduce the risk of infection;
  • Environmental changes are put in place to reduce the transmission of infection;
  • Everyone has access to all services that can reduce the risk of – and alleviate the problems associated with – infection.

With its new strategy, the team at the SCI is confident that it will be able to take on these challenges together with its partners and eliminate parasitic worm infections once and for all.  
Find more details about the new strategy here.