13 July 2015

Schistosomiasis prioritized at meeting in Cameroon

Presentations on schistosomiasis received a great deal of attention at the recent 4th International Congress of the Cameroon Parasitology Society (Bandjoun, 29 April-1 May 2015). The condition was firmly identified as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) that should be better addressed.

The conference was organized by the Ministère de la Santé Publique, Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur and the Université Evangélique du Cameroun. There were around 120-150 participants, mainly from Cameroon and including representatives from neighboring countries Nigeria and Ivory Coast, as well as from Europe.

Cameroon has a strong scientific parasitology community, with many young, highly engaged and skilled scientists. Those scientists’ contributions were enthusiastically received by the senior community, and fully supported by the regional representative of the Ministry of Health.

The Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium presented its pediatric formulation for pre-school-aged children, in a very successful session during which the work of the Consortium was welcomed and recognized as an important step towards filling the treatment and research gap for the pre-school population both in Cameroon and elsewhere.

The Consortium warmly thanks the organizers for the invitation to this truly memorable event in the wonderful location in Bandjoun.