Female Genital Schistosomiasis Initiative

• Soubré, Côte d’Ivoire •
• 2023 •

• In Partnership with Unlimit Health •

The Issue

Female genital schistosomiasis (FGS)is a neglected tropical disease caused by a gynaecological parasitic infection. It can lead to ectopic pregnancies, infertility and increased risk of co-infection with HIV or HPV. There is currently no surveillance and the condition remains largely unknown amongst women in the community and healthcare professionals. Treatment of FGS is via praziquantel, a readily available drug.

The Project

We are funding a project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, to integrate the prevention, treatment and education of FGS into routine health services for women aged 15 to 29 at risk in one district. The 2021 pilot project was able to treat over 8500 women and deliver educational sessions, including reducing stigma.

This project was completed in collaboration with Unlimit Health. Learn more about them by clicking the button below.

The Outcome

We will be evaluating the impact of this project in 2024.

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