Schistosomiasis affects more than 200 million people worldwide. About 90 per cent of cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, the focus of the Museum’s schistosomiasis research.
We research the biology of schistosomes and actively contribute to treatment programmes in affected regions.
The Museum is proud of its role as a World Health Organisation collaborating centre for the identification of schistosomes and their snail hosts.
Discover more about the disease, what causes it and where in the world it occurs.
Find out how we are researching the possibility of drug resistance in schistosomes.
We are building a global schistosomiasis collection at the Museum facilitating essential research into this neglected tropical disease.