ISNTD Connect | Schistosomiasis in Malawi: future control isn’t quite like it used to be

7 Apr 2021, 13:00-14:00 UTC
Online / virtual

In Malawi there are two types of schistosomiasis, with urogenital being most well-known. There has been a national control programme active in the delivery of preventive chemotherapy for over a decade. In this session we discuss progress and draw attention to control of schistosomiasis within fishing communities. Here, we highlight ongoing epidemiological changes witnessed by better appreciation of male genital schistosomiasis, an outbreak of intestinal schistosomiasis and emergence of a novel set of hybrids schistosomes. Collectively, these dynamics require a broadening of future control interventions with wider intersectoral actions, ultimately adoption of a OneHealth approach.

Lazarus Juziwelo (MoH, Malawi) – A review of current activities of the national control programme against schistosomiasis

Seke Kayuni (LSTM, UK/MASMA, Malawi) – Update of male genital schistosomiasis in fishermen on the Lake Malawi shoreline

Janelisa Musaya (MLW/CoMm Malawi) – Identifying barriers and enhances in the uptake of preventive chemotherapy in targeted communities

Russell Stothard (LSTM, UK) – Highlighting recent ecological and biological change in Lake Malawi and its future interplay with control.

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