Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology (CSP)
The Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology (CSP) which was established in 1999, is the principal reference laboratory for parasitology research in Cameroon and plays a leading role in research and implementation of control strategies for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis.
CSP provides a scientific and educational environment of the utmost standard and conducts innovative research aimed at improving the health of people in endemic areas of the country. By furthering understanding of the epidemiology and transmission of these diseases, and exploring the efficacies of different treatments, the Centre aims to radically improve the current situation in Africa
Although the parasites responsible for these diseases have been studied extensively, the epidemiology of infections and many aspects of their biology remain poorly understood. The CSP aims to address these knowledge gaps and establish a dynamic framework for high-level research in these areas. The CSP plays a seminal role in research for schistosomiasis and STH in Cameroon, translating its unique expertise into action to improve the health of those who need it most.
A robust knowledge of the distribution of parasites is essential to successfully confronting them. Work carried out at the CSP has enabled data on schistosomiasis and STH to be updated which in turn, enables efficient planning, coordination and evaluation of control activities in Cameroon.
By placing these diseases under the microscope, CSP has gained a wide range of scientific expertise and strengthens the research capacity of research teams both at national and international levels. This has resulted in a strong multidisciplinary partnership in the international parasitology community. The centre is linked to the University of Yaounde I, Cameroon and it assists the Ministry of health in the implementation of control activities and operational research.
The centre employs a multidisciplinary team of over 10 people, with in-depth knowledge in epidemiology, parasitology, disease control and surveillance. The team which has a vast experience in applied field research and the development of control programmes is comprised of researchers, lecturers, medical doctors, lab technicians, PhD and Master students.See more