June's edition of the Schisto Bulletin. News and updates from the schistosomiasis community.
Alliance partner and member updates related to Covid-19.
ISNTD and GSA are collaborating on a ISNTD Connect GSA series, bringing you a schistosomiais webinar every month, starting with this Thursday 4th of June, a conversation with Dan Colley.
In this special edition of the Schisto Bulletin GSA parnters and stakeholders from the schistosomiasis community share the impact of Covid-19 and associated restrictions on schistosomiasis community.
March's edition of the Schisto Bulletin. News and updates from the schistosomiasis community.
The GSA Executive Team is looking for individuals interested in becoming a GSA Ambassador in their country. The aim is to strengthen communication between the GSA and schistosomiasis programmes in endemic countries.
End of Year letter from the GSA plus news and events from the Schistosomiasis Community.
Succesful GSA training programme on the epidmiology and control technology of African schistosomiasis for delegates from China
The schistosomiasis action framework portal is now live on the GSA website.
The GSA organised a consultation meeting to collect and consolidate feedback on the proposed WHO goals and on the next steps for achieving them. The meeting was held on the 25th – 26th April 2019, Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
As the year draws to a close, we would like to share with you a selection of our highlights from 2018. We would like to thank all of you for your continued support and to wish you "Happy Holidays" and a joyous New Year!
The Advisory Board met virtually with the GSA Executive on the 1st of March to review the GSA 2020 Annual Report and Operational Strategy for 2021.
International Women's Day panel, looking at the importance of having women from Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) endemic countries working in, and leading, NTD research.
Drs Upendo Mwingira, Steffi Knopp, Fiona Fleming and the GSA team present findings from the COR NTD schistosomiasis elimination pre-meeting sessions and discuss the next steps in consolidating operational research questions into a pathway to develop an M&E framework for schistosomiasis elimination.
In this session at COR NTD, Drs Upendo Mwingira, Steffi Knopp, Fiona Fleming and the GSA team present findings from the COR NTD schistosomiasis elimination pre-meeting sessions and discuss the next steps in consolidating operational research questions into a pathway to develop an M&E framework for schistosomiasis elimination.
This is an information piece collating currently commercially available diagnostics for schistosomiasis. This is not a list of recommended tests or a list of tests to be used by stakeholders. Manufacturers should be contacted to find out intended and appropriate use as well as details. It is important to test a diagnostic test in your settings/ follow diagnostic procedures.
In this recording participants discuss establishing an evidence-based framework for monitoring and evaluation of schistosomiasis programs using currently available data and knowledge.
Dr 'Kuor Kumoji's talk on "Opposing misinformation", part of the COR NTD premeeting on Fake News and Trust in NTD Health Programs.
Dr Justin Komguep Nono (Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation of Cameroon) as part of the COR NTD premeeting on Fake News and Trust in NTDs Health Program.
A talk by Sightsavers' Cosmas Ndellejong as part of the COR NTD premeeting on Fake News and Trust in NTDs Health Program.
In this GSA-COR NTD pre-meeting video, NTD programmes in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania to share evidence on achieving elimination as a public health problem (EPHP) for schistosomiasis and what their current intervention decisions are when the target has been achieved. The session discusses from a programme perspective, what the main facilitators and barriers are to EPHP intervention decisions.
The recording of COR NTD – STH Coalition and GSA pre-meeting session: Integrated strategies for hotspots: beyond ecology and towards cross-cutting programmatic challenges
In this GSA-COR NTD pre-meeting video, schistosomiasis experts discuss the existing and novel tools and strategies needed on the last mile towards interrupting transmission.
Yael Velleman (Director of Policy and Communications, SCI Foundation) and Gilbert Baayenda (Trachoma Program Officer & NTD/WASH Collaboration focal point at the Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, Ministry of Health, Uganda) discuss "Rethinking WASH for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis".
Dr Mark Booth from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University examines and discusses the impact of climate change on NTD elimination efforts.
"Where can a 50-year career in schistosomiasis take you geographically and scientifically?", a conversation with Dr. Dan Colley (Professor Emeritus of Microbiology at the University of Georgia) & Dr. Goylette Chami (Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford).
As schistosomiasis poses a threat to people of all ages, unfortunate gaps exist in current treatment coverage and associated monitoring efforts, preventing subsequent health benefits to preschool-aged children as well as certain adolescents and adults. Current omission of these age groups from treatment and monitoring exacerbates health inequities and has long-term consequences for sustainable schistosomiasis control.
Derick Osakunor, from the University of Edinburgh, discusses the current treatment gaps in different age groups and how these are hindering the schistosomiasis goal of "elimination as a public health problem".
GSA 2019 report and 2020 operational strategy.
The GSA organised a COR NTD workshop on the Assessment of Schistosomiasis and Trachoma Distribution in Urban Areas for Targeted Intervention, on the 19th of November 2019.
Schistosomiasis Teacher Toolkit for Teaching about the Prevention, Control and Treatment of Urogenital Schistosomiasis
A video highlighting the importance of a reseach agenda for Female Genital Schistosomiasis.
A collection of presentations from GSA partners, members and observers, made for a requested training programme on the epidemiology and control of African schistosomiasis.
The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, hosted by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and working with the WHO NTD Department, held a consultation meeting with experts and stakeholders to provide feedback on the new proposed WHO goals for schistosomiasis and to discuss and agree on potential sub-targets and indicators for the new NTD Roadmap.
The Action Framework is an internal tool for the schisto community to identify gaps and priorities.
The GSA Advisory Board met with the GSA executive team on the 6th of February 2019 and reviewed activities and outputs from 2018 and the operational plan for 2019.
The GSA Behaviour Change and Health Education working group organised a workshop at the NTD NGO Network annual conference in Addis Ababa in september 2018. The workshop looked at Behavior Change: Practical education approaches, promotion strategies, and change interventions for improving the effectiveness of NTDs Programmes.
In January 2018 the GSA Advisory Board convened and reviewed the GSA’s key activities in 2017 and its strategy and plans for 2018. A summary of the review along with key recommendations is available to view here.
On the 18th of July the GSA hosted a joint meeting with ESPEN at the NTD Programme Managers meeting in Kigali Rwanda, entitled:
"Where, when and how can schistosomiasis be eliminated"
You can download the meeting report here.
Moving Schistosomiasis Out of the Red: Action Plan and Next Steps
GSA partners and stakeholders meeting to refine and adopt a Strategic Action Plan for schistosomiasis control and elimination and discuss the identification of key next steps in putting the plan into practice.
GSA réunion d'affiner et d’adopter un Plan d’Action Stratégique pour le control et l’élimination de la schistosomiase et pour identifier les étapes principales à venir dans l’application de ce plan.
The 5th volume of the GSA newsletter covering the Schistosomiasis Action Plan, Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) and other schistosomiasis related news from the WHO and our alliance partners.
We are delighted to share the Making Schistory report, filled with information, info-graphics and the motivating, passionate stories of people across the world fighting this debilitating disease. Together we will consigne schistosomiasis to history!
The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance organised and hosted a meeting, 'Schistosomiasis Control and Elimination: Next Steps' on the 5th of November in Baltimore, after Cor NTD and before ASTMH. Read the report here.