Women’s health

Improving women’s health is one of the key components for their development and empowerment, as stated in multiple sustainable development goals such as in the goals 5 and 3 and their aligned targets. Several diseases severely affecting women are found with a high burden in Madagascar.

Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) is a common chronic evolution of schistosomiasis, one of the most common Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), caused by the presence of S. haematobium eggs in genital tissue, potentially leading to ectopic pregnancies, infertility, cervical lesions and social stigma. The Fusco group is studying strategies to improve the management of this disease in Madagascar, in Europe and the determinants associated with it. Furthermore, we are also studying the role of integrated management of high-burden diseases, such as FGS, human papilloma virus (HPV)-and cervical cancer.

Learn more about FGS:



Hotez et.al. 2019

Midwife during colposcopy training
Midwife during colposcopy training   ©BNITM

Projects included in this topic:

Controlling cervical cancer through the implementation of HPV vaccination in Madagascar: providing evidence for implementation strategies – CHIMPS

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Tambohobe, Centre d’Infectiologie Charles Merieux (CICM)

@BNITM Valentina Marchese
Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung
June 2023 – June 2027


Assessing awareness, knowledge and practices of Female Genital Schistosomiasis in multisectoral health care professionals in Europe: a cross-sectional survey – AFES 

June 2023 – June 2024


Female Genital Schistosomiasis in rural Madagascar: improving community understanding and promoting integration into primary health care services – FIRM-UP

University of Fianarantsoa
University of Antananarivo
Centre d’Infectiologie Charles Merieux (CICM)
University of Mahajanga 
University of Düsseldorf 
Klinikum Esslingen
IS-Global Barcelona 

@BNITM Dewi Ismajani Puradiredja – Eva Lorenz
Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs (CORNTD), Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung,  Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (DZIF)
April 2020 – July 2024

Laborgruppe Fusco

Daniela Fusco, Ph.D.: eine Forscherin vor dunklem Hintergrund, die ihre blonden schulterlangen Haar offen trägt.
Abteilung Infektionsepidemiologie

Ph.D. Daniela Fusco

Telefon: +49 40 285380 18-504

E-Mail: fusco@bnitm.de

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