Photograph by Natasha Scripture for the United Nations Development Programme
A young boy receives Praziquantel tablets to prevent schistosomiasis – a neglected tropical disease that can lead to stunted growth, impaired cognitive development and chronic inflammation.
Schistosomiasis affects more than 249 million people globally, including 100 million children in Africa. Preventive medicines can go a long way to addressing the problem, but millions of people in Tanzania still aren't receiving them.
To address this problem, the Government of Tanzania has started to roll out mass drug administration campaigns throughout the country. The Access and Delivery Partnership, led by UNDP, is working with the government to strengthen these programs and train front-line workers to run the campaigns effectively. The Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund is simultaneously working to develop a new formulation of Praziquantel, which will help protect young children from the disease.