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In Zanzibar, a number of institutions and stakeholders have come together in the effort to eliminate urogenital schistosomiasis within 5 years. This study reports the baseline findings before the introduction of a randomized trial to assess the impact of community-based praziquantel administration, snail control and behavioural changes.

This study found relatively low prevalences of urogenital schistosomiasis but a lack of community knowledge about transmission and prevention. The authors identified a need to tailor control measures to the local context and to pay particular attention to high-risk groups and hot-spots.

To read the full study, published by PLoS NTDs, click on the following link: http://www.plosntds.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pntd.0002474