In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Joy Ruwodo, Public Affairs Regional Adviser of the END Fund makes a call-to-action for deworming the girl child in Rwanda to increase her school attendance and earning potential. In the video, Joy succinctly talks about the rising scourge surrounding neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and why the time to bring an end to these diseases is now! These diseases (intestinal worms, trachoma, bilharzia, etc.) affect more than 1.7 billion of the world’s population – with over 40% of the burden in Africa.
Globally, there are 54 million girls and women who suffer from female genital schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia). As a result, women are more at risk for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as facing complications during pregnancy. To make matters worse, girls and women are more likely to develop trichiasis – an advantage stage of trachoma which is the leading cause of blindness.
As a member of a global community that is tirelessly working to end these diseases, Joy calls on stakeholders to join her and other leaders in beating NTDs through raising more awareness and collaboration. This year, the END Fund launched its Deworming Innovation Fund to tackle parasitic worm infections that affect more than 40 million children in Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. In June, Joy will also join other global changemakers in the first-ever Malaria & NTD Summit in Kigali to bring united global attention to these diseases.
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Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of the END Fund.