A collection of schistosomiasis resources, including a brochure, recent reports and an infographic.
On the 19th and 20th of April the GSA convened a high-level GSA partners and stakeholders meeting to refine and adopt a Strategic Action Plan for schistosomiasis control and elimination and discuss the identification of key next steps in putting the plan into practice.
In this fourth volume of the GSA newsletter we will cover some of the GSA’s news and activities, Uniting to Combat’s stellar advocacy activities and showcase some news highlights from our partners. We hope you enjoy the newsletter and welcome you to follow us on our social media channels (Twitter @elimin8schisto, Facebook @eliminateschisto).
In January 2018 the GSA Advisory Board convened and reviewed the GSA’s key activities in 2017 and its strategy and plans for 2018. A summary of the review along with key recommendations is available to view here. GSA will continue to work with our partners and aims to
1. Clarify schistosomiasis control and elimination definitions and targets post 2020
2. Support coordination of PZQ supply and implementation
3. Provide technical expertise and tools for NTD programmes in endemic countries,
4. Identify gaps in implementation and operational research
5. Strengthen advocacy for schistosomiasis control and elimination
6. Build its online and virtual systems to become the go-to-site for schistosomiasis-specific resources.
The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance organised and hosted a meeting, 'Schistosomiasis Control and Elimination: Next Steps' on the 5th of November in Baltimore, after Cor NTD and before ASTMH. Over 60 delegates attended to learn about, and discuss current operational research in schistosomiasis control and elimination. We would like to thank all the speakers and delegates for contributing and making the meeting an informative and engaging event! We are delighted to share this meeting report with you. The report was prepared with the help of Arminder Deol and the SCI team, for which we are very grateful!
Some of the speakers have kindly agreed to share their slides via the GSA website. If you would like to access these please click here for downloadable PDFs of the presentations.
The GSA team
Welcome to the third volume of the GSA newsletter. A lot has happened this year in the NTD world and the schistosomiasis community has not lagged behind! Our third newsletter will cover media and advocacy momentum that built up around the NTD Summit; exciting research conferences and articles, the Egypt Schistosomiasis Elimination campaign and the schistosomiasis control activities in Nigeria.
On the 22nd and 23rd of August 2017 the GSA organised a small, interactive meeting with schistosomiasis control implementers / donors and schistosomiasis disease experts to discuss the status of schistosomiasis morbidity control through preventative chemotherapy. We are delighted to share this executive summary of the meeting's objectives and outcomes.
The people #MakingSchistory: The global fight against schistosomiasis
We are delighted to share the Making Schistory report, filled with information, info-graphics and the motivating, passionate stories of people across the world fighting this debilitating disease. Together we will consigne schistosomiasis to history!
Joins us via social media: #MakingSchistory.
You can access the report via the link below:
The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance organised two Schistosomiasis sessions at the NTD Summit in Geneva on the 21st of April 2017. Presenters included:
Dr Lynsey Blair (SCI)
Dr Mike French (RTI)
Dr Ifeomi Anagbogu (FMoH, Nigeria)
Dr Edridah Muheki Tukahebwa (FMoH, Uganda)
Prof Dan Colley (SCORE, University of Georgia)
Prof Juerg Utzinger (Swiss TpH)
Dr Jutta Reinhard-Rupp (Merck)
Dr Evan Secor (CDC)
Dr Poppy Lmaberton (University of Glasgow)
Prof Russell Stothard (CouNTDown, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)
Dr Govert van Dam (Leiden University Medical Center)
Dr Goylette Chami (University of Cambridge)
You can access these presentations via the link below. We would like to thank the speakers for their excellent talks and for agreeing to share their presentations on the GSA website.
This second newsletter focuses on Ethiopia, a country that is immensely committed to achieving morbidity control and elimination of schistosomiasis.
We dedicated this newsletter to Ethiopia to elaborate on an elimination project the GSA is currently working on with members and partners. Have a read to find out more about our approach and the country in general.
For schistosomiasis the paradigm has shifted from morbidity control to elimination as a public health problem. The first conference of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) Research Working Group, held in mid-June 2016 in Shanghai, reviewed current progress in schistosomiasis control and elimination, identified pressing operational research gaps that need to be addressed and discussed new tools and strategies required to make elimination a reality.
Read the summary document for more details.
Take a look at the GSA's first newsletter to find out more about pressing issues in the world of schistosomiasis and what the GSA is currently working on.
The GSA will publish a newsletter bi-annually from now on. So come back in mid-September for the next edition.
The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance is the final piece of the puzzle. See more about the mission to cut the cycle and eliminate schistosomiasis in the GSA infographic.
The first meeting of NTD programme managers from high-burden schistosomiasis countries, organised by the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance’s Implementation Working Group, was held in Cotonou, Benin in October 2015. Read the meeting report to find out more.
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