Schistosomiasis control: leave no age group behind

Faust, C. L. , Osakunor, D. N.M., Downs, J. A., Kayuni, S., Stothard, J. R., Lamberton, P. H.L. , Reinhard-Rupp, J. and Rollinson, D. (2020) Schistosomiasis control: leave no age group behind. Trends in Parasitology, 36(7), pp. 582-591. (doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2020.04.012) (PMID:32430274)

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Abstract

Despite accelerating progress towards schistosomiasis control in sub-Saharan Africa, several age groups have been eclipsed by current treatment and monitoring strategies that mainly focus on school-aged children. As schistosomiasis poses a threat to people of all ages, unfortunate gaps exist in current treatment coverage and associated monitoring efforts, preventing subsequent health benefits to preschool-aged children as well as certain adolescents and adults. Expanding access to younger ages through the forthcoming pediatric praziquantel formulation and improving treatment coverage in older ages is essential. This should occur alongside formal inclusion of these groups in large-scale monitoring and evaluation activities. Current omission of these age groups from treatment and monitoring exacerbates health inequities and has long-term consequences for sustainable schistosomiasis control.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lamberton, Dr Poppy and Faust, Christina
Authors: Faust, C. L., Osakunor, D. N.M., Downs, J. A., Kayuni, S., Stothard, J. R., Lamberton, P. H.L., Reinhard-Rupp, J., and Rollinson, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Parasitology
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN:1471-4922
ISSN (Online):1471-5007
Published Online:16 May 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Trends in Parasitology 36(7):582-591
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
172876SCHISTO-PERSISTPoppy LambertonEuropean Research Council (ERC)680088Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
174071Cultural, social and economic influences on ongoing schistosomiasis transmission, despite a decade of mass treatment, and the potential for changePoppy LambertonMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/P025447/1Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
300573Novel low cost diagnostic tools and their impact in AfricaJonathan CooperEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R01437X/1ENG - Biomedical Engineering