Man’s intervention in the environment is not always harmless. Over 200 million people worldwide suffer from schistosomiasis, a tropical disease caused by the Schistosoma mansoni flatworm. The worm infects mainly children from the poorer areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Until the 80s, Northwest Senegal was spared. However, the construction of two dams to improve agriculture provoked a severe epidemic.
After the Ebola crisis, other viruses are a hot research topic again. In two companion studies published simultaneously in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, scientists of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) together with colleagues from the US, Peru, Bolivia, France and Switzerland, show that some parasites of the Amazonian jungle are infected with virus that helps them survive treatments.
2015 is a crucial year for development cooperation: on the one hand we reach the deadline for the millennium goals and on the other hand we will set course for a new orientation of sustainable development cooperation. Under the motto "Our world, our dignity, our future", the development cooperation of the EU and its Member States will be presented to the main public.
We post our activities on development cooperation on the European Year for Development website.