Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Type Non-profit
Genre Medical logistics, prevention of neglected tropical diseases
Founded 2002 (2002)
Headquarters Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Area served Sub-Saharan Africa
Website //

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) is an initiative that helps governments in African countries treat schistosomiasis, one of the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), caused by parasitic worms. It was founded in 2002 and funded via grants from the Gates Foundation and USAID.[1]


  • Organisational remit 1
  • External evaluations 2
    • GiveWell review 2.1
      • November 2013 review 2.1.1
      • Earlier reviews 2.1.2
    • Giving What We Can review 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Organisational remit

SCI assists Ministries of Health across sub-Saharan Africa and

  • Schistosomiasis Control Initiative webpage

External links

  1. ^ "About us" on SCI website
  2. ^ "What We Do" on SCI website
  3. ^ a b "Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) (charity review)".  
  4. ^ a b "Top charities". GiveWell. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  5. ^ a b Karnofsky, Holden (December 1, 2013). "GiveWell’s Top Charities for Giving Season 2013". GiveWell. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ GiveWell update on SCI, April 2012
  7. ^ GiveWell evaluation of SCI
  8. ^ GiveWell blog post on ranking its top two charities
  9. ^ Update on GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic in 2011
  10. ^ "Recommended Charities". Giving What We Can. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "SCI Case Study". Giving What We Can. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Where to donate". The Life You Can Save. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 


[12] The

Giving What We Can review

In mid-2011, charity evaluator Against Malaria Foundation.[7][8] GiveWell estimates that its recommendation resulted in over $650,000 in donations to SCI in 2011.[9]

In April 2012, GiveWell published an update of SCI's activities in a blog post, while continuing to stand by its recommendation of SCI.[6]

In November 2012, GiveWell ranked SCI as its #3 charity for the 2012 end-of-year giving, below the Against Malaria Foundation and GiveDirectly.[4]

Earlier reviews

  • The impact of unrestricted funds, which comprise a small portion of SCI's overall budget.
  • SCI has provided studies on its own national control programs showing large declines in infection rates, but GiveWell was in the process of re-examining the studies.
  • SCI has shared very limited recent monitoring results.

The major unresolved issues listed by GiveWell were:

  • Focus on a program with a strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness.
  • Track record – SCI has repeatedly demonstrated success at starting and expanding national deworming programs.
  • Room for more funding.

In their official review of SCI, GiveWell listed a number of strengths and weaknesses.[3] The strengths were as follows:

In November 2013, in preparation for its 2013 end-of-year giving recommendations, GiveWell published a new review of SCI.[3] GiveWell recommended SCI as one of its three top rated charities, with no relative rank for the top three charities. The other two charities were GiveDirectly and Deworm the World Initiative.[4][5] GiveWell also announced a "minimum target" for each of the top charities. The minimum target for SCI was 1 million USD.[5]

November 2013 review

GiveWell review

External evaluations