Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) is a collaborative project to assist countries in sub Saharan Africa control schistosomiasis, intestinal helminths and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The SCI was created in 2002 and is directed 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 for control work in Rwanda and Burundi. SCI works in partnership with the World Health Organisation, and the DBL-Institute for Health Research and Development (responsible for in-country training and operational research), and participates in the USAID/NTD control project as country managers for Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda.
Yolisa Nalule joined the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative as Programme Manager in August 2013 following completion of her MSc in Control of Infectious Disease at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently responsible for the continuation of programmes and providing technical assistance to Ministries of Health for Tanzania and Uganda for the implementation of preventive chemotherapy at the national level.
Yolisa obtained her Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs certificate in Global Health and Health Policy from Princeton University. Between 2010-2012 she worked as a Research Analyst at the Center for Disease Dynamics Economics and Policy (CDDEP) in Washington DC. In 2012 she moved to the UK to study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), obtaining an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases in 2013.
Yolisa has always been interested in the control of infectious diseases with a focus on diseases that confer a significant burden in the developing world. Hailing from Uganda, this work doubles as an act of service in honor of the daily lives that communities such as hers continue to lose due to prevalent knowledge gaps surrounding the control of preventable and/or treatable infectious diseases