One of SCORE’s priorities is to understand the kinds of integrated strategies that are needed to eliminate schistosomiasis.
SCORE is supporting an operational research project in Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba) in conjunction with the Zanzibar Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Programme and other partners. The goals of this project are:
This project was implemented in 2011 within the context of ongoing national control and prevention efforts. These include the implementation of a 5-year national schistosomiasis control strategy by the Zanzibar NTD Programme, as well as contributions by many partners. A collaboration, called the Zanzibar Elimination of Schistosomiasis Transmission (ZEST), is committed to working together to achieve these common goals.
ZEST includes partners from the Zanzibar NTD Programme and other programmes of the Ministry of Health, the Zanzibar Ministry of Education, the Zanzibar Water Authority, the Public Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri, the Natural History Museum, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the World Health Organization, and SCORE.
In addition to measuring rates of schistosomiasis in people, SCORE is supporting evaluation of snail infections and schistosome population genetics as part of this operational research.
SCORE has initiated several new efforts with the supplemental funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.