At the Global Health Council Conference, I attended an interesting event, “Impact of Schistosomiasis and Polyparasitic Infections on Anemia, Growth and Physical Fitness in Children in Coastal Kenya” presented by Dr. Amaya Bustinduy of Case Western Reserve University which focused on neglected tropical diseases (NTD).
Schistosomiasis remains one of the most serious and prevalent neglected tropical diseases worldwide. According to Bustinduy, the WHO estimated that there are 235 million cases of schistosomiasis with 732 million to be at risk for contraction. 89% of all cases live in the less-developed areas of rural sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
Schistosomiasis is associated with diseases such as anemia, growth impairment in children, and mental retardation. The focus of Dr. Bustinduy’s ongoing study in Kenya is to “address those morbidities as part of a larger study examining the ecology of transmission of Schistosomiasis.”