Dr. Kariuki Njaanake, lead a team of researchers in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology in sample and specimen collection in Kilifi County for the ongoing research on “Female Genital Schistosomiasis and HIV infection. Hellen Kariuki and Felistas Muthini, Doctoral researchers and faculty members joined in this exercise.
In sub-Saharan Africa, women bear a disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDs and Schistosomiasis which has been associated with poverty among other economic factors. Female genital schistosomiasis is a nationally and internationally important area of research considering the effects of the HIV/AIDs pandemic and the detrimental effect it has on women's reproductive health including its recent association with cervical cancer. Ms Kariuki’s project will shed insight on how the above-mentioned disease potentiates each other.
The results obtained will inform the government and the policymakers on the prevalence of Schistosoma haematobium in the adult population in these endemic areas, and inform policy on targeted mass drug administration in the adult populations. In addition inform and educate the residents on the detrimental effect of the disease, the importance of water sanitation, and hygienic disposal of human waste in the prevention of the disease.
More photos from this field work can be found here