Treating 27,083 kids for neglected tropical diseases

Aug 2020

SCI Foundation

Charity Partner
Our August 1% will treat approximately 27,083 children and at-risk adults from deadly neglected tropical diseases with our long-standing partner Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI). Parasitic and bacterial infections including Schistosomiasis threaten millions of children worldwide. Treatment is cheap and effective but not always available. Without it those infected could die or suffer a lifetime of disabilities and severe pain. Ensuring all children and vulnerable adults are safe from this threat and can continue education, work and maybe one day support a family of their own, is crucial in ending extreme poverty. We’re proud to have partnered with this outstanding charity since 2014 and in that time our donations have treated around 127,000 children and at risk adults.

The SCI Foundation assists Ministries of Health across Sub-Saharan Africa to control and then eliminate schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths (STH – whipworm, hookworm, roundworm) from their population utilising the World Health Organization’s Drug Donation Programme for praziquantel and albendazole. 230 million people require preventive treatment with praziquantel, and over 835 million children need a treatment with albendazole/mebendazole, to eliminate these parasitic diseases from their bodies. Treatment prevents anaemia, impaired growth and development in children and the development of life-threatening conditions of bladder cancer, kidney malfunction or liver and spleen damage. 100% of Be One Percent donations are allocated to direct programme costs.

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