Behavior Change

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As they stand in the entrance to their home, there is no hiding Mekide’s love for Manyazawel, her son. Through the translator she tells us he will soon be back at school

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Risks around contaminated water continue to threaten communities in endemic areas. But as programs to eliminate schistosomiasis gather pace, we can begin to see a future where Manyazewal, and millions like him, will no longer be at risk of the disease.

Schistosomiasis is one of 20 neglected tropical diseases targeted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for elimination. With strong partnership projects such as NALA’s collaboration with Merck, this is becoming a possibility.