Schistosomiasis hotspots: understanding morbidity hotspots to achieve new WHO NTD road map targets

06 Sep 2021

On 18 August 2021, the London Centre for NTD Research and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene co-hosted an event to discuss why morbidity hotspots may occur, what we understand by them, and what is required next.

The research afternoon had over 175 attendees and included four short presentations on this topic, followed by a live Q&A where audience members shared and discussed their experiences with the panellists.

Moderated by Professor Joanne Webster, Chair of Parasitic Diseases, Director Centre for Emerging, Endemic and Exotic Diseases, Royal Veterinary College and Associate Director LCNTDR, the event featured the following presentations:

1. Morbidity Hotspots: The differential impact of hybridized, mixed or single Schistosoma species infections on morbidity - Dr Sebastien Lambert, Postdoctoral Researcher, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

2. Severe persistent intestinal morbidity hotspots in the Lake Albertine region of Uganda - Professor Birgitte Vennervald, Professor Parasitology and Aquatic Pathobiology, University of Copenhagen

3. Female and male genital schistosomiasis - Dr Amy Sturt, Research Degree Student, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

4. Schistosomiasis in pregnant women - Professor Alison Elliott, Professor Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Watch the full webinar below.