The 7th Symposium on Surveillance-Response Systems Leading to Tropical Diseases Elimination

17-19 June 2024
Shanghai, People's Republic of China

The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) and Regional Network on Asian Schistosomiasis and other Helminth Zoonoses (RNAS+) are co-hosting a schistosomiasis focused meeting at the 7th Symposium on Surveillance-Response Systems Leading to Tropical Diseases Elimination. The aim of this meeting is to share progress on and innovations in schistosomiasis elimination as we work towards the 2030 WHO goals. 

Outline Agenda:

Day 1 17 June 2024

  • 13:00 - 13:30 Progress Reports and Lessons Learnt - Part 1

During the first half of the Day 1 we will hear about the global status of schistosomiasis and regional overviews including country updates from Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos.

  • 15:15 - 16:30 Progress Reports and Lessons Learnt - Part 2

In the second half of the session of Day 1 we will learn about the current status towards schistosomiasis transmission interruption in China and an update on schistosomiasis elimination in Brazil. After these presentations there will be a round table discussion on lessons learnt and challenges to schistosomiasis elimination.

Day 2 18 June 2024

  • 08:45 - 10:35 Collaborations and Cooperations

In this section we will hear about international collaborations and cooperations focused on furthering the schistosomiasis elimination agenda.

  • 10:45 - 12:15 Targeted interventions and elimination

We will hear about national approaches and strategies for schistosomiasis elimination and beyond.

  • 13:15 - 14:45 Current and future risks, integrations and cross-cutting approaches

What are the short and long term challenges for schistosomiasis elimination and how can prevention and sustainability be improved?

  • 15:00 - 17:45 New tools/techology, machine learing and diagnostics

Researchers as harnessing new technologies and innovations to accelerate progress and strengthen strategies for schistosomiasis elimination. We will hear more about these approaches here.


The Symposium on Surveillance-Response Systems Leading to Tropical Disease Elimination (SRS) is a biannual international conference co-sponsored by National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and the World Health Organization, aimed at identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating tailored approaches to eliminate tropical diseases. Since its inception in 2012, six international symposia pertaining to surveillance-response systems on tropical diseases were successfully held in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. This platform has provided opportunities for experts, researchers, policymakers, and international organizations to collaborate, discuss, and resolve challenges in the realm of tropical disease control. The history and development of these symposia can be summarized as follows: the 1st symposium laid the theoretical foundation for SRS, the 2nd symposium put forward SRS strategic planning for partners, the 3rd symposium initiated collaborative actions with partners from endemic countries, the 4th symposium shared milestone achievements on malaria and schistosomiasis in African countries, the 5th symposium and 6th symposium addressed adaptation and connectivity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theme of the 7th Symposium on Surveillance-Response Systems Leading to Tropical Disease Elimination (7th SRS) will be Global Outreach and Networking Promotion. The objective of this symposium is to further widen collaborative partnerships, strengthen networks, and bolster disease control efforts, with the following specific aims:

  • To expand global partnerships and collaborations for effective disease control;
  • To strengthen existing networks and foster new alliances to accelerate disease prevention;
  • To share lessons for addressing obstacles and drive innovative solutions.

Find out more here.