Female Genital Schistosomiasis: Opportunities for Research
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, experts in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), HIV, gynecology, and related fields will convene for a meeting on female genital schistosomiasis (FGS).
The aim of this meeting is to identify priority research questions regarding the measurement, treatment and control of FGS in order to guide the agenda of future operational research on this important, neglected gynecological disease. In addition, this one-day meeting will look at opportunities to engage with at-risk local communities, in-country gynecological services and HIV programs.
"FGS is one of the more dramatic examples of differential gender effects caused by an NTD. FGS occurs in up to 70% of women with Schistosoma haematobium infections and has been associated with increased stigma, infertility, and HIV transmission,” said Evan Secor, research microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“With support from the UK aid from the British people, the Coalition for Operational Research for NTDs (COR-NTD) is excited to partner with the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Liverpool to convene a one-day meeting on FGS to expand participants’ knowledge and understanding of this condition and discuss strategies to address it. Collaboration among groups, including the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, COUNTDOWN and the World Health Organization Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, will lead to operational research to increase our understanding on the burden of FGS and reduce its impact on the health of women and girls in S. haematobium endemic areas,”
Those working on schistosomiasis, HIV, cervical cancer, child & adolescent health, and related global health topics are encouraged to attend. To register your interest in participating, please fill out the form linked below or via the box on the right.