An independent review has been conducted to assess how well point of care tests detect Schistosoma infections in people living in endemic regions Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is a parasitic disease classified as a neglected tropical diseases (NTD), which is common in tropical and subtropical regions. The traditional means of testing for the disease is microscopy, which is lab based. Point-of-care tests and urine reagent tests are quicker and easier to use than microscopy in the field, and this review aims to estimate how well these tests are able to detect schistosomiasis infections in comparison to traditional lab based microscopy.
COUNTDOWN Director, Prof. Russell Stothard, who is a Schistosomiasis expert was quoted in the article: "Those in the field of NTD research and control welcome reviews of this kind, looking at the efficacy of diagnostic tests for diseases affecting some of the poorest communities in the world. They draw together largely fragmented literature in one place allowing quick appraisal for informed decision making. Reviews such as this will ensure that COUNTDOWN benefits from the best research intelligence from within the NTD community and stays well informed throughout."