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Schisto Bulletin.

Bringing you updates and news from the schistosomiasis community.

Updates from the GSA network.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the measures put in place to curtail it and protect communities, has had wide ranging implications for public health interventions and research. GSA partners shared insights on how the pandemic is impacting their work, what their most pressing concerns are, and their top priorities in this new and fast-changing setting. Click here to read Covid-19 updates from GSA partners.
The GSA working groups are re-postitioning priority actions in light of the pandemic. Excitingly our Research working group has established a workstream (or task team) on snail molecular and genomic research, chaired by Nic Wheeler from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to collaboratively address common challenges and barriers.
The GSA Research WG supported 4 proposals for the COR NTD 2020 meeting and is developing plans for a GSA meeting provisionally planned for the 15th of November, post COR NTD/pre ASTMH. Watch this space.

The GSA has partnered with ISNTD to bring a monthly schistosomiasis focused series of webinars, ISNTD Connect GSA Series. Starting with Derick Osakunor on "Schistosomiasis treatment gaps hinder elimination efforts: a current perspective", [watch below] followed by a special conversation between Prof Dan Colley and Dr Goylette Chami on "Where can a 50-year career in schistosomiasis take you geographically and scientifically?". Watch this spece for upcoming webinars.
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Schistosomiasis Webinar

Derick Okasunor discusses current treatment gaps in different age groups and how this is hindering the schistosomiasis goal of "elimination as a public health problem". Read the open access Opinion Piece here.

What’s age got to do with it? Age gaps in schistosomiasis control.

A blog piece by Dr Christina Faust examining the impacts of schistosomiasis across all ages and how treatment gaps lead to health inequities in schistosome-endemic communities.
Read the blog here.

GSA celebrates Prof Daniel G. Colley

Dr. Daniel G. Colley, Director of the Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE), will be retiring from his position as Professor at the University of Georgia on June 30, 2020.
Find out more here.

World Health Organization Webinar

Neglected Tropical Diseases and COVID-19: Why we need the new NTD Roadmap more than ever.

The WHO is organizing a webinar on the 17th of June to discuss the new NTD road map and the impact of the pandemic on global NTD programmes.
Find out more here.

COVID-19 and NTD programmes

Interview with Ellen Agler, the CEO of The END Fund, about COVID-19 and the challenges for neglected tropical disease programmes.

Sightsavers report shows how NTD programme could help fight COVID-19 in Africa

Sighstavers and partners are exploring how to "flex" their Ascend West and Central Africa programme to assist in the response to the pandemic.
Find out more here.

GSA network Covid-19 impact and response

We have collated feedback, updates and news items from across the GSA network on how organisations and members are impacted by, and responding to, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find out more here.

Other News:


Guides, toolkits and resource collections: Consultation/Expression of interest calls:
  • IDDO has extended the feedback period on its draft Research Agenda on schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases (STHs) until July 17. Find out more here.
  • TDR Call for expressions of interest for 2021 membership to TDR's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. Deadline 30th fof June.  Find out more here
  • Youth Combating NTDs have launched a survey to understand NTD knowldge among the youth. Find out more here.
Job opportunities:
  • University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Epidemiologist in Infectious Diseases to work on schistosomiasis research. Find out more here.
  • SCI Foundation are looking for a Team coordinator. Find out more here.
Meetings and Conferences:
  • 17 June 2020 - World Health Organization Webinar Neglected Tropical Diseases and COVID-19: Why we Need the New NTD Roadmap more than ever. Find out more here.
  • 25 June 2020 - Uniting to Combat NTDs. TBC. Watch this space
  • 08 -10 September 2020 - NTD NGEO Network Virtual Conference. Find out more here.
  • 13 -14 October 2020 - RSTMH Annual Meeting Emerging diseases and outbreaks. Find out more here.
  • 13 -14 November - COR NTD Annual Meeting. Find out more here.
  • 15 November - GSA Meeting TBC - Watch this space
  • 15 -19 November - ASTMH Annual Meeting. Find out more here.
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