Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Parasitic worm infections affect over 1 billion people in some of the world’s poorest and marginalised communities.
They can impair child development, reduce school attendance and productivity, increase the risk of HIV in women and lead to infertility and internal organ damage. Left untreated, the damage can be permanent.
Worryingly, these diseases are transmitted very easily, affecting people without access to clean water and sanitation, and have the greatest burden on school-age children.
The SCI at Imperial College London, is a non-profit initiative that supports governments in 15 sub-Saharan African countries to fight these infections.
Imperial’s SCI is bring life-changing treatment to millions
Treatment is safe and effective. Early and regular treatment has the potential to reduce the damaging effects of infection, increase school attendance by 25% and increase future earnings by 40%.
Treatment is also very cost-effective. Up to three people can be treated for as little as £1. In fact, the international charity-evaluator, GiveWell, recognises the SCI as one of the most cost-effective non-profits in the world.
What's more, the impact of SCI-supported programmes can be seen very quickly. The number of people infected by these parasites can be reduced by up to 60% after just one round of treatment.
That means you can be assured that your support enables people to live healthier, happier lives, full of potential.
Every £1 you donate to the SCI will help transform 3 lives
A gift of £20 will help provide treatments for 60 people. We guarantee that 100% of your donation goes directly to fund treatment programmes. Please give now to support the fight against parasitic worm infections.
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