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A multidisciplinary alliance to optimize schistosomiasis control and transmission surveillance in sub-Saharan Africa

Objective

Abstract: CONTRAST is a multidisciplinary alliance bringing together key skills and expertise to generate new knowledge on biological, environmental and socio-economic factors relating to schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa. The project will complement ongoing chemotherapy campaigns based on the drug praziquantel and deliver more effective strategies for long-term control of this debilitating disease.

The project addresses the basic need of endemic countries to improve understanding of schistosomiasis transmission, in order to target, and make best use of limited resources for control. CONTRAST will lead to better local control solutions that are more sustainable. Working with European partners (established Research Institutes and a representative from the commercial sector), a strong research node network across sub-Saharan Africa will: establish innovative molecular tools to characterize both snails and schistosomes, define the importance of hostparasite dynamics across different ecological and epidemiological settings, develop new spatial models for disease risk maps and prediction, encourage and assess novel local control interventions using a social science approach and ensure widespread dispersal and access to information.

CONTRAST is committed to creating a new and much needed platform for integrated schistosomiasis control in Africa, which will be effective and sustainable at the local, national and regional level.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-INCO-DEV-3
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Address
Nørregade 10
Copenhagen K
Denmark

Participants (13)

CENTRE FOR SCHISTOSOMIASIS AND PARASITOLOGY
Cameroon
Address
Carrefour Texaco Omnisport, P.o. Box 7244 Yaounde
Yaounde
CORIS BIOCONCEPT S.P.R.L.
Belgium
Address
Parc Crealys, 4A, Rue Jean Sonet
Gembloux
HELMINTHS CONTROL PROGRAMME, MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE
Tanzania
Address
Mianzini
Zanzibar
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
London
INSTITUT SENEGALAIS DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES
Senegal
Address
Routes Des Hydrocarbures, Bel Air
Dakar-hann
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
Address
Makerere University Campus, Hill Road
Kampala
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH
Tanzania
Address
Ocean Road
Dar Es Salaam
NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA.
Kenya
Address
Museum Hill Road
Nairobi
PROGRAMME NATIONAL DE LUTTE CONTRE LA BILHARZIOSE ET LES GEOHELMINTHES - MINISTERE DE LA SANT PUBLIQUE ET DE LA LUTTE CONTRE LES END MIES
Niger
Address
2648 Boulevard Du Zarmaganda
Niamey
SWISS TROPICAL INSTITUTE
Switzerland
Address
Socinstrasse 57
Basel
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
Address
Cromwell Road
London
UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA
Zambia
Address
Great East Road, Main Campus
Lusaka
VECTOR CONTROL DIVISION, MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Uganda
Address
15 Bombo Road
Kampala