SD.20.017 – Limit poverty by reducing the burden of the neglected tropical diseases scabies and snakebites.

Route: Sustainable development goals for inclusive global development

Cluster question: 042 How can we limit poverty and increase wellbeing worldwide?

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) remain a serious impediment to poverty reduction and socioeconomic development. Both scabies and snakebites are highly prevalent in West Africa in rural communities depending on the agricultural sector to earn a living. Production loss due to snakebites is both a consequence of the actual snakebite while working in the fields and the subsequent communities’ fear of getting bitten by a snake. The itch, skin infections and stigma related to scabies likely affect children’s ability to learn. We will develop tools to reduce the burden from scabies and snakebites in communities and evaluate its impact on agricultural production and school performance. These tools aim to prevent, diagnose and treat. A diverse research group consisting of chemists, biologists, epidemiologists, clinicians, health psychologist, economist, local farming companies in West Africa, international food industry, national NTD programs, media companies and a patient organization are needed for this approach. This research has interactions with the other SDGs good health, quality education, gender equality and partnerships.


Africa, Education, food security, poverty, Scabies, Snakebites

Other organisations

ABURA patient organization, Farming companies in West Africa, National neglected tropical diseases programs in Ghana and Benin, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), TEK media Company, VU Medisch Centrum Amsterdam (VUMC)


Organisation University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Name Prof. dr. Y. (Ymkje) Stienstra