In 2014, vector-borne diseases were the focal topic of World Health Day on April 7. These are a group of diseases that are transmitted by vectors, i.e. living organisms such as mosquitoes, flies or ticks. Schistosomiasis, which is caused by worms, is also a vector-borne disease. Particularly Africa is affected, with 90% of all patients, half of whom are children. We have been working since 2007 to eliminate this dangerous tropical disease in cooperation with WHO. The large-scale Praziquantel Donation Program with over 50 million tablets donated in 2013 alone is helping here.
The launch of praziquantel in 1980 was a milestone in the treatment of the parasitic worm disease schistosomiasis.
Frank Gotthardt, Head of Public Affairs, talks about the goals of our Praziquantel Donation Program, the challenges in implementing the measures locally and the next steps for the future.
Documents for journalists and media representatives (fact sheet, interview, photos)