I spent many of my teenage years living in Malawi, enjoying swimming in beautiful Lake Malawi. Wind on to age 30, and I was struggling to get pregnant. Eventually, following illness, I was diagnosed with schistosomiasis by a consultant and colleague at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

By Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, NTD Special Envoy

More than half of the world’s population is at risk of contracting diseases carried by small organisms like mosquitoes, snails and sand flies.

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