Female Genital Schistosomiasis campaign pamphlet
Egie E. Enabulele
Advocacy & education campaign pamphlet for Female Genital Schistosomiasis. According to the World Health Organization: "Female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) is a manifestation mainly of Schistosoma haematobium infection. Given the nature of the signs and symptoms of FGS, women tend to approach health services with complaints of infertility or symptoms of sexually transmitted infections. Clinicians are generally unaware of FGS because it is not described in the medical textbooks or nursing curricula in any of the countries where schistosomiasis is endemic. Laboratory diagnostics are inadequate. Consequently, for women of reproductive age living in areas endemic for S. haematobium, FGS remains highly prevalent and under-diagnosed due a low index of suspicion among health-care professionals. A high index of suspicion will allow a diagnosis of FGS pre-operatively and avoid unnecessary radical surgery and misdiagnosis of sexually transmitted infections." Advocacy and education in this field and with communities at risk is essential.