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Challenges of schistosomiasis control in Africa: The path ahead
  • Ejovwokeoghene Omohwovo,
  • kebabonye Gabaake,
  • Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
Ejovwokeoghene Omohwovo
University of Port Harcourt Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences

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kebabonye Gabaake
University of Botswana
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Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Department of Global Health and Development
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Schistosomiasis is a Neglected Tropical Disease that is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 90% of global cases occurring in the region. Poverty, inadequate healthcare infrastructure, and limited access to water and sanitation contribute to the high prevalence of the disease. Despite efforts to control and interrupt the diseases, a reduction in the transmission rates have not been realized owing to a number of challenges. This article highlights the challenges of schistosomiasis control in Africa and recommends strategies for successful interventions. These strategies include prioritizing government backing, investing in academic partnerships, strengthening integrated health programs, targeting communities through the Primary Healthcare system, and adopting home-grown solutions. Additionally, it is essential to address the knowledge gap hindering effective control of the disease and the risk of re-infection after treatment. By implementing these strategies, it is possible to achieve the World Health Organization’s 2021-2030 goal of eliminating schistosomiasis and reducing its prevalence of heavy infection to less than 1%.