Providing healthcare training and increasing public awareness of neglected tropical diseases via national and international engagement activities

Impact: Health impacts, Societal impacts

Narrative

WHO estimates that 600 million school-age children need deworming treatment and preventive intervention.
The University of Manchester (UoM) Immunology Group delivered an educational programme on the immune response and biology of parasitic worm infections in areas where worm infections are most prevalent, including Uganda and Pakistan, and with UK immigrant communities.
International benefits include health worker and educator training, which is critical for improving the understanding of worm infection and distribution of health education messages to endemic communities. Nationwide engagement activities provided immigrant communities and school pupils with improved awareness of global health issues and a greater understanding of immunology, and have inspired some participants to pursue careers in science.

Category of impact

  • Health impacts
  • Societal impacts
Date
1993 - 2014

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