Under the Radar

As many as 150 million girls and women—most in sub-Saharan Africa—suffer from a misunderstood and under-researched condition that threatens their fertility and puts them at greater risk of contracting HIV.

Urogenital schistosomiasis can cause vaginal bleeding, lesions, scarring and pain during intercourse, yet little is known about diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Weak donor support, insufficient research and a lack of awareness are among the factors that relegate urogenital schistosomiasis to the category of neglected tropical diseases, according to an article in openDemocracy that challenges governments, donors and researchers to do more to understand this devastating disease.

Thanks for the tip, Kate Hawkins!

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