Schistosomiasis Control Initiative at Imperial College London

Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that is also known as bilharzia or “snail fever". This parasitic disease is carried by fresh water snails predominantly in tropical and sub-tropical climates and the disease infects 258 million people in 78 countries, with approx 90% occurring in Africa. It is the most deadly NTD, killing an estimated 280,000 people annually, and it ranks second only to malaria as the most common parasitic disease.

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) at Imperial College London works to improve the health and development of the world’s poorest populations by eliminating the poverty sustaining and life-threatening effects of the parasitic diseases schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and intestinal worms (hookworm, whipworm and roundworm). SCI assists Ministries of Health and Education across sub Saharan Africa and Yemen to develop their national treatment programmes and treat children aged 5-14 years for these diseases through schools and community health workers.

Did you know...

For just 50 pence, SCI can treat and protect a child against 4 NTDs for an entire year.

The drugs used to control NTDs are donated by pharmaceutical companies. SCI needs funds to deliver the tablets to the people who need them. Efforts across Africa to aid nutrition, education, health and economic productivity will only be successful when combined with treatment for NTDs. Controlling and eliminating NTDs is critical to ending extreme poverty

What makes SCI at Imperial different

SCI is recommended as one of the top 3 most cost-effective charities globally by GiveWell, Giving What We Can and the Effective Altruism movement.

And as well as world-class research and the implementation of treatment programmes, SCI exists to improve and strengthen national health systems.

Other ways to support

As well as supporting this cause on Savoo and raising money by searching and shopping online, you can also help SCI spread the word about NTDs and the work they are doing to combat these diseases of poverty. We need more people know about these diseases, how they are transmitted, the horrific impact they have and how simple and cheap they are to treat The fact that they are unknown is half the battle that SCI needs to win before they can eradicate them.


Imperial College London, SALC Mezzanine, Level 5 Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus,


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020 7594 3287