03 April 2019

World Health Day: Working towards universal health coverage in Africa

The Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium marks the World Health Day through its continuous effort to register and launch a child-friendly and new praziquantel formulation for preschool-age children suffering from schistosomiasis.

Today is World Health Day; an opportunity to communicate about the importance of equity in quality health services for individuals, economies and society.

The campaign promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) underlines the need for universal health coverage to ensure that all people can obtain the care they need, when they need it.

By developing a new medicine to address the unmet medical needs of millions of neglected young children infected with schistosomiasis, mostly living in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium supports the WHO in its efforts to provide health care for all.

With the Phase III clinical trial close to start, the Consortium is implementing the final steps of the program towards the registration of this new medicine.

The work will not be complete after registration. Delivery and access are critical. This is why, together with policy makers, funding agencies, non-governmental organizations and experts, the Consortium aims to identify an appropriate access path to allow ‘free of charge’ treatment of the very young children suffering from schistosomiasis.

Making quality primary health care accessible is the foundation for universal health coverage. By looking into innovative financial models for sustainable access to the pediatric praziquantel medication, the Consortium is engaged to address the very young targeted population.

We know it’s possible.