07 April 2020

The Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium marks World Health Day

Today is World Health Day – a global health awareness day celebrated each year on 7 April under the auspices of the World Health Organisation. 

As an international partnership working to reduce the global disease burden of schistosomiasis, the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium heeds the call to action to mark this important day.

This year, World Health Day recognises the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing health care around the world. The aim is to trigger a wave of appreciation for their work, to catalyse support and elevate their profile in the healthcare workforce. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, there could be no better time to do this. The Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium salutes these unsung heroes as they care for us during this pandemic, and as they continue to administer treatment for neglected tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis.

Despite the setbacks caused by the Corona-crisis, the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium will continue to work towards achieving its aim of registering and providing access to a pediatric formulation of the drug praziquantel, so that the many millions of preschool-age children suffering from this debilitating disease can be cared for.

Join us in marking World Health Day by spreading the word and using the hashtag #SupportNursesAndMidwives. This is a key opportunity to communicate the importance of healthcare services and workers the world over.