Messengers of Change
Due to their daily habits, women and children are at a significantly higher risk of contracting schistosomiasis from the rivers. However, as a result of their position in the family, children are also strong messengers of change, promoting improved household hygiene following what they learnt in school.
Children are also indicative of the prevalence of disease in the population, with stool testing the most reliable method for determining the endemicity of this disease in the population.
To gather these samples, NALA teamed up with Mizan-Tepi University, the highest academic institution in the zone, to collect and analyze the stool and determine the rate of infection in children.
NALA’s team collects this data at the beginning, middle and end of an intervention, and then uses it to quantify the impact of our intervention on eliminating schistosomiasis and other diseases of poverty.