ICASA 2021: No more neglect

Flyer image of a young woman

Flyer image of a young woman



Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) affects the health and wellbeing of an estimated 56 million women and girls in Africa, making it the most neglected gynaecological condition in the world. Living with FGS increases a woman’s risk of HIV infection it complicates the diagnosis and treatment of STIs, cervical cancer. FGS can also lead to infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth. But lack of information fuels stigma and discrimination and gender-based violence.

Since the launch of the WHO and UNAIDS joint advocacy brief No more neglect Female genital Schistosomiasis and HIV at ICASA 2019 in Kigali, there have been a number significant scientific and community spurred developments, with regards to integrating sexual and reproductive health interventions to improve women’s lives in the contexts of HIV, FGS and cervical cancer.

Join this session to hear from health leaders, practitioners and advocates on how you can improve the health and wellbeing of women and girls through better access to integrated sexual, reproductive health and neglected tropical diseases programmes and services.


  • Moderator: Lois Chingandu, Director External Relations, Frontline AIDS
  • Professor Francisca Mutapi, Board Member, Uniting to Combat NTDs
  • Pamela Sabina Mbabazi, Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO
  • Patriciah Jeckonia, Senior Technical Advisor, Policy and Partnerships, LVCT Health
  • Dr. Islamiat Yetunde Soneye, FGS Scholar and State Coordinator for the Neglected Tropical Disease control program in Ogun State Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Kreena Govender, Regional Programme Adviser, UNAIDS RST Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights, SRHR & Gender