Thirteen-year-old Jude Musa from Gidan Gimba village in Nasarawa State, Nigeria, goes to school, plays soccer, and hopes one day to become a soldier or drummer. Three years ago, however, Jude noticed symptoms of schistosomiasis, or "snail fever," a waterborne parasitic infection that damages internal organs and commonly affects school-aged children, who come into contact with the disease during their daily chores or at play in activities involving fresh water.
Watch this video to learn more about Jude and the Carter Center's initiative to provide health education and treatment for schistosomiasis in Nigeria, the world's most endemic country for this preventable but devastating disease.
Learn more about the Center's Schistosomiasis (Bilharziasis) Control Program:
Learn more about the Center's work in Nigeria: https://www.cartercenter.org/countries/nigeria.html
Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.
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