A Tale of a Man, a Worm and a Snail
The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Schistosomiasis is Africa's second most common parasitic disease. Less than 20 years ago, over 200 million were infected. In many high-risk areas the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) has been helping to tackle the disease by offering treatments to millions of children. This book tells the story of a man, Alan Fenwick, who founded the SCI to control the worms and snails and so improving the lives of many burdened with the disease as well as reducing the numbers infected. Over this period SCI and the Ministries of Health and Education in 16 countries delivered over 220 million treatments. Treatment coverage of up to 75% has been achieved.
Widely recognized as a cost-effective and successful intervention, SCI's knock-on effects include improving overall physical health, school attendance and future prospects for millions of people.
The authors explore the work and experiences involved in forming, establishing and managing a health intervention system such as the SCI, while describing important lessons for anyone looking to replicate the success.
This book covers:
- Challenges faced and how the SCI overcame them to achieve its success;
- Raising funds to deliver donated medicines;
- Development of innovative partnerships;
- Cultivation of working relationships and implementation across Africa;
- A new model for treating other Neglected Tropical Disease programs (NTDs);
- Aspects of Alan's life in Africa told with memorable and often humorous anecdotes.
A Tale of a Man, a Worm and a Snail is an essential resource for researchers, policymakers, health professionals and students of NTD control. The book is an enlightening, informative and enjoyable read for anyone interested in global health.
1: My Early Years, My Education and My First Job
2: Schistosomiasis and the Amazing Life-cycle of a Killer Worm
3: Coming of Age in Tanzania - 1966 to 1971 in Arusha
4: Research-Training-Drug Testing in Sudan 1971-1988
5: Assisting the Control of Bilharzia in Egypt 1988-2002
6: An Ambitious Programme for Africa (from 2002)
7: Establishing SCI – The Early Days 2002-2003
8: The Big Three v NTDs – Finding Common Purpose
9: Planning for Success
10: Across Borders - Implementing Schistosomiasis Control from East to West Africa
11: Schistosomiasis - Mapping the Disease
12: Drugs - Mobilising the African Marketplace to Paralyse the Worm
13: Advocacy and Promotion of SCI Activity
14: M&E – What is Measured and Reaching Out to Donors
15: Building Partnerships - High Stakes for High Rewards
16: The SCI Target - Low Infection Rates
17: Research - Forewarned is Forearmed
18: Recognition for SCI Work
19: Accelerating Control of NTDs and Schistosomiasis in Particular (2008 to 2020)
20: The Last Mile
21: What Next for Alan?