Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE), University of Georgia
The Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) was established in December 2008 to answer strategic questions about schistosomiasis control and elimination. SCORE was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through a grant to the University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF). SCORE activities were completed September 2020.
Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is caused by worms that live in the blood vessels, is found predominantly in tropical and sub-tropical climates, especially Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, and infects approximately 200 million people worldwide. SCORE’s focus was on the two major disease-causing schistosomes in Africa, South America, and the Middle East –Schistosoma mansoni and S. haematobium.