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Schistosomiasis initiative extended to five more countries

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1307-c (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1307
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    As many as 15 million people in sub-Saharan Africa will be treated for schistosomiasis over the next four years as part of an international effort now being expanded to cover six countries.


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    Schistosomiasis is transmitted through fresh water and the snails that harbour the parasite

    Credit: DIETER TELEMANS/PANOS

    Five countries will be joining Uganda in the schistosomiasis control initiative, which operates from Imperial College, London, and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    “Schistosomiasis is a visible and growing problem in sub-Saharan Africa; and Tanzania, Zambia, Mali, Burkina …

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