Two large-scale multidisciplinary health networks, CYSTINET-Africa (Prof. Helena Ngowi, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, and Prof. Andrea Winkler, Center for Global Health, TUM) and DigI (Non-discriminating Access for Digital Inclusion; Prof. Josef Noll, University of Oslo, and Prof. Andrea Winkler, Center for Global Health, TUM) met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, end of April 2018. The latter focuses on digital health education of populations (HIV/AIDS, Tb, pork tapeworm and anthrax) to enhance disease prevention as well as strengthen health systems, whereas the former deals with the multidisciplinary One Health management of Taenia solium cysticercosis/taeniosis, the number one foodborne parasite. After the two network meetings, selected consortium members moved south to Mbeya, where patients affected by the pork tapeworm were diagnosed and the foundation for a multicentre clinical trial was laid. The trial will focus on the improvement of quality of life as well as on clinical, serological, immunological and radiological outcome parameters of people affected by neurocysticercosis (=cysts of the parasite in the brain). The study is a collaborative effort of several African institutions and will be conducted in resource-poor areasin Mozambique🇲🇿 Tanzania🇹🇿 and Zambia🇿🇲.
Link to DigI website: http://its-wiki.no/wiki/DigI:Home