Through its profound expertise and competences in the areas of research and diseases management, the Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology continues to collaborate with both national and international partners. One of its main partners in Cameroon is the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil transmitted Helminthiasis, under the Ministry of Health. The CSP also leads on the implementation of the COUNTDOWN research project in Cameroon.
National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis
Operated by the Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon, the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and STH defines and implements the national policy for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis and STH in Cameroon.
Formed in 2004, the programme has made great strides in reducing the debilitating effects caused by schistosomiasis and geohelminths on the population. In order to achieve its desired vision of a Cameroon free from schistosomiasis and STH, the programme relies on the research and diagnostic capacity of the Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology.
For more information about the programme, visit the website.
COUNTDOWN is an implementation research project funded by the UK's Department For International Development, the programme. It brings together multidisciplinary specialists from the UK, USA and Africa to generate knowledge necessary for the control and elimination of the seven most common neglected tropical diseases by 2020.
Launched in Cameroon in October 2015 by the Minister of Public Health, the project aims to scale-up treatment of schistosomiasis and STH to all populations especially pre-school aged children and pregnant women. Another aspect of the project focuses on increasing treatment for onchocerciasis in endemic areas in Cameroon.
The Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology comprises one of the partners leading in implementing the project in Cameroon. Visit the COUNTDOWN Cameroon website for more on the project.