Alix joined the SCI in 2008, on a voluntary basis, to develop the organisation's public profile, sensitise the general public about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and how they could help. The SCI at this point was entirely funded by large grants and Alix's focus has been to diversify income streams in order to mitigate funding risks. Alix became a part-time member of staff in 2011 upon securing funding for her post from a generous SCI donor who advocates that leveraging donations can have incredible results.
Alix is a social scientist. Having studied Sociology and Social Policy as an undergraduate she completed an MA Environment & Development at King's College London (1999) and an MSc Voluntary Sector Management & Grantmaking at Cass Business School (2010).
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) is a collaborative project to assist countries in sub Saharan Africa to control schistosomiasis, intestinal helminths and other NTDs. The SCI was created in 2002 and is led by Prof. Alan Fenwick OBE.
The SCI has been supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through several grants since 2002, for work in six countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Uganda and Zambia. In 2007, Geneva Global awarded funds to the SCI for control work in Rwanda and Burundi. In October 2010, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) awarded funds for control work in 8 countries. The SCI works in partnership with the World Health Organisation.