Reducing schistosomiasis through aquaculture interventions in Madagascar: a pilot study - RESAMP

Schistosomiasis is listed as one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases, which is a group of communicable diseases frequent in tropical and subtropical environment. The most effective treatment for schistosomiasis is Praziquantel, but it is not always available to the affected population and does not prevent reinfection. The management of the different forms of chronic manifestation of the disease is different and requires different medical expertise and diagnostic tools. The scientific community recognizes that the only way to win the fight against this disease would be through a combination of treatment, diagnosis, awareness raising and prevention of infection risks. According to the WHO (Resolution WHA70.16), this prevention of the risk of infection should include the control of snails, the intermediate hosts of the disease. RESAMP is a pilot project aiming at assessing the feasibility to implement an aquaculture intervention in rice fields in Madagascar as a potential infection control measure to reduce the transmission of schistosomiasis.

 

Partners:

University of Fianarantsoa, University of Antananarivo, Centre d’Infectiologie Charles Merieux (CICM), APDRA-Pisciculture paysanne (France), Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

@BNITM Dewi Ismajani Puradiredja – Ralf Krumkamp

 

Funding:

German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA) via the German federal ministry of education and research (BMBF)

Duration:

September 2021-March 2023

RESAMP project - Rice left to dry on the roads of Marovay (Madagascar). Photo by Sonya Ratefiarisoa
RESAMP project - Rice left to dry on the roads of Marovay (Madagascar). Photo by Sonya Ratefiarisoa
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