Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) partners know that, together, we are stronger than worms. We have come together to raise funds do defeat worms, once and for all, and help the next African generation lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Worms affect the most vulnerable populations in Africa, with over 560 million school age children living in areas where these parasites are widely spread.
Our Civil Societies are pivotal to the work being done in the fight against NTDs, and it is critical for us to support them
The scale is suffering from worms in Africa today is unacceptable, which is why we are asking you to contribute to the elimination of worms on the continent by donating.
Schistosomiasis is an acute chronic disease caused by parasitic worms. People are infected during routine agricultural, domestic, occupational and recreational activities which expose them to infested waters. Lack of hygiene and certain play habits of school-aged children such as swimming or fishing in infested water make them especially vulnerable to infection.
Indirectly, migration to urban areas and population movements bring schistosomiasis to new areas.
Schistosomiasis can be prevented and treated. Globally 229 million people required treatment for the disease in 2018, although only 97.2 million were reported to have been treated. According to WHO, at least 90% of those requiring treatment live in Africa. We can pool our resources to allow each person in Africa to live without worms.
Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (intestinal worms) are among the most common infections worldwide, affecting more than 1.5bn people according to WHO, with Africa, among the most highly burdened regions. They also affect the most deprived and marginalized communities. Over 267 million preschool-age children and over 568 million school age children live in areas where these parasites are widely spread and are in need of preventive treatments globally.
Watch Mansoura’s video to learn more about the impact of worms among school age children! ↓