Schistosomiasis Control Program
Schistosomiasis is an infection caused by blood fluke, specifically Schistosoma japonicum. An individual may acquire the infection from fresh water contaminated with larval cercariae, which develop in snails. Infected yet untreated individuals could transmit the disease through discharging schistosome eggs in feces into bodies of water.
Long term infections can result to severe development of lesions, which can lead to blockage of blood flow. The infection can also cause portal hypertension, which can make collateral circulation, hence, redirecting the eggs to other parts of the body.
Schistosomiasis is still endemic in 12 regions with 28 provinces, 190 municipalities, and 2,230 barangays. Approximately 12 million people are affected and about 2.5 million are directly exposed.
Goal: To reduce the disease prevalence by 50% with a vision of eliminating the disease eventually in all endemic areas
The Schistosomiasis control Program has the following objectives:
1. Reduce the Prevalence Rate by 50% in endemic provinces; and
2. Increase the coverage of mass treatment of population in endemic provinces.
The Schistosomiasis Control Program employs the following key interventions:
1. Morbidity control: Mass Treatment
2. Infection control: Active Surveillance
3. Surveillance of School Children
4. Transmission Control
5. Advocacy and Promotion
Its enabling activities include; linkaging and networking; policy guidelines and CPGs; institutional capacity building; competency enhancement of frontline service provider; and monitoring and supervision.
Ms. Ruth M. Martinez
Department of Health-National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (DOH-NCDPC)
Contact Number: 651-78-00 local 2353