Timeline of Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

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This is a timeline of Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, a non-profit initiative that works with governments in sub-Saharan African countries to create or scale up programs that treat schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis.[1]

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Time period Development summary
2006 SCI becomes a founding partner of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases which promotes integration of control or elimination programmes against seven neglected tropical diseases.
2007 SCI facilitates delivery of approximately 40 million treatments of praziquantel against schistosomiasis, and many more deworming doses of albendazole.[2]
2010 SCI expands its reach after the award of the management of ICOSA, a programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).[2]
2013 SCI announces that it has facilitated delivery of its 100 millionth treatment of praziquantel against schistosomiasis thanks to funding from private donations.[2]
2016 SCI reaches an annual delivery of over 50 million treatments for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths.[2]
2018 SCI facilitates the delivery of its 200 millionth treatment against parasitic worm infections.[2]

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details Location
2002 SCI is founded through a US$32 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation[1], to tackle schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa, where infected people are unable to afford the drugs needed for treatment.[3][4]
2002 Expansion SCI begins program in Uganda, the first operating country.[5] Uganda
2003 October Program SCI selects six countries for full support: Uganda, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Tanzania, and Zambia. The countries each propose a different implementation approach and management structure for their large-scale schistosomiasis control.[6]
2003 Expansion SCI begins program in Zambia, Zanzibar, and Niger.[5][7][8][9] Zambia, Zanzibar, Niger
2006 Funding SCI receives large grants from the United States Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support integrated NTD programs in eight countries for five years to treat lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, and trachoma, in addition to schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths.[1]
2007 Funding SCI receives a grant to expand its work to Rwanda and Burundi.[1]
2007 Expansion SCI program starts in Burundi.[5] Burundi
2008 Organization The Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) is established to answer strategic questions about schistosomiasis control.[10]
2010 Expansion SCI begins working in Côte d'Ivoire.[1] Côte d'Ivoire
2010 Funding SCI receives £10.5 million (plus separate funding for drugs) from the British Department for International Development for treating schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in eight countries over five years.[1]
2010 October Funding SCI receives £10.5 million (plus separate funding for drugs) from the British Department for International Development for treating schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in eight countries over five years.[11][1]
2010 Statistics The World Health Organization reports that schistosomiasis mortality could be as high as 280,000 per year in Africa alone.[12]
2011 Expansion SCI begins program in Liberia, Malawi, and Mozambique.[5] Liberia, Malawi, Mozanbique
2012 Expansion SCI program starts in Côte d'Ivoire, two years later due to political turmoil.[1][5] Côte d'Ivoire
2012 Expansion SCI begins conversations with the Government of Ethiopia about starting a national schistosomiasis treatment program.[1] Ethiopia
2012 Coverage SCI reaches median coverage for schistosomiasis treatment at 77% in Malawi.[13]
2013 April Coverage SCI announces that it has facilitated delivery of its 100 millionth treatment of praziquantel against schistosomiasis thanks to funding from private donations.[2]
2013 Expansion SCI begins first round of treatment in Ethiopia and Mauritania.[1][5][1][5] Ethiopia, Mauritania
2013 A reported 261 million people require preventive chemotherapy for schistosomiasis worldwide, 92% of them living in sub-Saharan Africa and only 12.7% receiving preventive chemotherapy.[12]
2013 – 2014 Between November 2013 and April 2014 SCI funds mapping in Ethiopia.[1] Ethiopia
2014 Expansion SCI begins program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Madagascar.[5] Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar
2014 Collaboration SCI begins working with other partners in Côte d'Ivoire, including Sightsavers, the END Fund, and Helen Keller International on a more integrated neglected tropical diseases (NTD) program.[1]
2014 Funding The British Department for International Development awards SCI an additional £16.6 million over four and a half years (June 2014 to December 2018) to extend the program and expand it to an additional two countries.[1]
2014 Coverage ACI reaches median coverage for schistosomiasis treatment at 69% in Malawi, 82% in Côte d'Ivoire, and 47% in Uganda.[13]
2014 – 2015 Coverage SCI reports having delivered 3.1 million treatments in Côte d'Ivoire in the period.[1] Côte d'Ivoire
2015 Budget SCI begins to use a system of country cashbooks for spending breakdown, which compare monthly in-country actual spending to budgets.[1]
2015 Coverage ACI reaches median coverage for schistosomiasis treatment at 81% in Mozambique, 93% in Zambia (2015), and 80% in Zanzibar.[13]
2015 Schistosomiasis is indicated to have the lowest level of preventive chemotherapy implementation in the spectrum of neglected tropical diseases. It is also highlighted as the disease most lacking in progress.[12]
2015 – 2016 Program SCI plans to deliver around 0.6 million treatments and reports delivering 1.4 million treatments in Côte d'Ivoire.[1]
2015 – 2016 Between April 2015 and March 2016 SCI spends around US$2.1 million in unrestricted funding and $0.8 million in restricted funding in Ethiopia during the period.[1] Ethiopia
2015 – 2016 Between April 2015 and March 2016 Coverage SCI reports having delivered 890,000 treatments in Uganda, out of 1.2 million planned treatments.[1]
2016 Expansion SCI begins program in Nigeria.[5] Nigeria
2016 January Funding Private foundation Good Ventures awards a grant of US$1,000,000 to the SCI for general operating support, in recognition of the organization’s earning a “top charity” ranking from GiveWell in 2015.[14]
2016 August Review GiveWell estimates that programs supported by SCI can deworm a person for approximately US$1.26 based (including the estimated cost of SCI’s funding to country programs, SCI’s headquarters costs, cost of donated drugs, and local government involvement).[13]
2017 January Funding Good Ventures awards a grant of US$13,500,000 to SCI for general operating support, in recognition of its earning a “top charity” ranking from GiveWell in 2016.[15]
2017 October Budget SCI estimates that it would cost US$0.24 on average per additional treatment delivered to a school-aged child.[1]
2017 Budget GiveWell allocates 100% of its discretionary fund to the SCI in the fourth quarter of the year, totalling US$5.6 million.[16]
2018 Funding GiveWell allocates 100% of its discretionary fund to the SCI, totalling US$5.6 million. It allocates a further $0.89 million to the SCI in the first quarter of 2018, which is 30% of its discretionary fund for that period.[16]
2019 March Funding GiveWell updates its estimate of SCI's room for more funding from US$16.8 million to $28.7 million as a result of incorporating SCI's updates to its projections for how much funding it expects to receive from other funders over the next few years.[1]

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