Infection with parasitic worms is common in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. These infections are inexpensive to treat. The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) funds treatment for two types worms: schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. SCI works with governments to create or expand programs to provide regular treatment for these infections to school-aged children and other groups determined to be at high risk. SCI has evaluated its work and found that infection rates have rapidly declined in the areas it has worked.
(Last updated February 2013)