To reduce the prevalence, infection and re-infection rate of schistosomiasis in Sudan
Sudan has suffered severe schistosomiasis, but it has not received sufficient attention and support by international society as it is a Neglected Tropical Disease. KOICA, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan, has continued its efforts to reduce the disease by conducting mass drug administration to more than 500,000 people and strengthening health care facilities for diagnosis and treatment. As a result, the prevalence of schistosomiasis has decreased by 98.7%. KOICA has contributed to the spread of performance so that other donor agencies can use it as evidence by disseminating results of the project to the international community.
Even though the prevalence of schistosomiasis has significantly decreased through mass drug administration, regions with a high prevalence still remain. To solve this problem, KOICA is implementing a project to interrupt transmission pathway and control vectors beyond treatment. From 2020 to 2024, 7 million USD will be invested in six target states to reduce the prevalence and new infection rate by increasing the coverage of mass drug administration, ensuring essential medicines, eliminating open defecation practices and other risky behaviors, and controlling vectors(snails) to interrupt infection and re-infection.
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