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Approximately 40-50% of population in Malawi is infected with Schistosomiasis, especially primary school aged children and adults who frequently get in contact with water. Classified as a disease of poverty - it affects the poorest and keeps them poor.

 

It is characterised by blood in urine or stool, to anaemia and impaired growth and development in children. In adults, life-threatening conditions of bladder cancer, kidney malfunction or liver and spleen damage may develop including threatening the tourism industry in Malawi, which translate into lost foreign exchange.

 

The main strategy that the Ministry is using to control the disease is Mass Drug Administration (MDA) with Praziquantel to all primary school aged children by health workers supported by teachers in the months between May and August every year.