SCI Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded, incubated and successfully scaled up within Imperial College London since 2002 as the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. It became a fully independent charity – SCI Foundation (SCIF) – in July 2019.
SCIF works in partnership with governments in thirteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It provides technical and financial support to ministries of health, in line with their own strategies and plans to control or eliminate parasitic worm infections such as, schistosomiasis and intestinal worms. This helps to enhance sustainability and strengthen health systems within countries in which these diseases represent a significant public health burden. SCIF works to scale up government-implemented deworming programmes by conducting research and analysis on outcomes to continually improve and optimise the programmes.
SCIF’s role as an effective partner in delivering technical assistance includes:
- Supporting the development and implementation of a One Health approach to parasitic infection elimination, including enhanced cross-sectoral coordination with water and sanitation, education, agriculture, environment and veterinary public health actors, among others
- Elaborating mechanisms for integrating interventions for NTD-associated morbidities into healthcare services, such as embedding diagnosis and treatment of female genital schistosomiasis within reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services
- Contributing to health systems strengthening by enhancing functions across all health systems building blocks, with particular emphasis on monitoring and evaluation.
SCIF work across multiple sectors to deliver effective and robust health programmes that have a lasting impact.