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Schistosomiasis Control: Leave No Age Group Behind

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Faust, Christina L., Osakunor, Derick N.M., Downs, Jennifer A., Kayuni, Seke, Stothard, Russell ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9370-3420, Lamberton, Poppy H.L., Reinhard-Rupp, Jutta and Rollinson, David (2020) 'Schistosomiasis Control: Leave No Age Group Behind'. Trends in Parasitology, Vol 36, Issue 7, pp. 582-591.

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Abstract

Despite accelerating progress towards schistosomiasis control in sub-Saharan Africa, several age groups have been eclipsed by current treatment and monitoring strategies that mainly focus on school-aged children. 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. Expanding access to younger ages through the forthcoming pediatric praziquantel formulation and improving treatment coverage in older ages is essential. This should occur alongside formal inclusion of these groups in large-scale monitoring and evaluation activities. Current omission of these age groups from treatment and monitoring exacerbates health inequities and has long-term consequences for sustainable schistosomiasis control.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > QX 4 General works
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2020.04.012
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 20 May 2020 14:28
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2020 10:38
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/14493

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