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Schistosomiasis Treatment Market Size, Technology, Major Market Players, Industry Size, Growth Analysis, Regional Opportunities and Trends To 2026

Global Schistosomiasis Treatment Market – Insights

Schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever or bilharzia, is a disease caused by parasitic flatworms called schistosomes. The disease is classified into two forms that include intestinal and urogenital. The can be acute or chronic in nature. The symptoms of intestinal schistosomiasis include abdominal pain, diarrhea, liver and spleen enlargement, fibrosis of the bladder, and progressive damage of kidney. Other chronic symptoms include blood in stool and urine, genital lesions, nodules in vulva, seizures, paralysis, seminal vesicle, and vaginal bleeding. The condition can lead to urogenital schistosomiasis -related complication such as bladder cancer and long term irreversible consequences such as infertility.

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According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report in 2017, urogenital schistosomiasis is a high risk factor for the transmission of HIV infection in women and mediums include, agriculture, domestic, and occupational activities. Preventive chemotherapy for schistosomiasis includes praziquantel, metrifonate, and oxamniquine.

Parasitic species responsible for schistosomiasis and its geographical distribution by WHO.

Species Geographical Distribution
Intestinal schistosomiasis Schistosoma mansoni Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname
Schistosoma japonicum China, Indonesia, and Philippines
Schistosoma mekongi Several districts of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Schistosoma guineensis and related S. intercalatum Rain forest areas of central Africa
Urogenital Schistosomiasis Schistosoma haematobium Africa, the Middle East, Corsica (France)

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Global Schistosomiasis Treatment Market Taxonomy

On the basis of organ, the global schistosomiasis treatment market is segmented into:

  • Intestinal
  • Urogenital

On the basis of species, the global schistosomiasis treatment market is segmented into:

  • Schistosoma mansoni
  • Schistosoma japonicum
  • Schistosoma mekongi
  • Schistosoma guineensis
  • Schistosoma haematobium

On the basis of drug type, the global schistosomiasis treatment market is segmented into:

  • Praziquantel
  • Metrifonate
  • Biltricide
  • Oxamniquine
  • Others

On the basis of region, the global schistosomiasis treatment market is segmented into:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

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Global Schistosomiasis Treatment Market: Drivers

Increasing prevalence of schistosomiasis is expected to aid in growth of the ggloba schistosomiasis treatment market over the forecast period. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 218 million people required preventive treatments for schistosomiasis in 2015 and more than 66.5 million people were reported as treated for schistosomiasis in the same year. Moreover, according to the same source, 78 countries reported transmission of schistosomiasis.

Increasing demand for preventive chemotherapy against schistosomiasis is also expected to aid in growth of the market. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2017, around 92% people require preventive chemotherapy for schistosomiasis in Africa and around 75% of school aged children are at risk of morbidity from schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis. According to the same source, 207.7 million people worldwide required preventive chemotherapy in 2016, of which around 111.8 million were school-aged children. Moreover, lack of hygienic environment and safe drinking water in emerging economies is expected to propel the growth of the global schistosomiasis market.

Global Schistosomiasis Treatment Market: Restraints

However, lack of proper medication and vaccination is expected to hamper growth of the market.

Global Schistosomiasis Treatment Market: Opportunities

Increasing R&D of vaccines for the treatment of schistosomiasis is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for players in the global schistosomiasis treatment market. For instance, in 2015, Dr. Afzal Siddiqui, a professor at the Tech Health Sciences Center, received a patent for a vaccine for the treatment of schistosomiasis after the vaccine demonstrated positive endpoints in pre-clinical trials. In 2017, researchers at the University of Nottingham discovered the infiltrin protein on a parasitic egg, which may cause schistosomiasis. Similarly, in the same year, the College of Science at Oregon State University reportedly identified a new protein in Biomphalaria glabrata snail, known as Grctm6. Such developments may facilitate introduction of effective vaccines against the disease.

Moreover, increasing initiatives by public and private organizations for treatment and management of schistosomiasis is also expected to aid in growth of the market. For instance, in May 2017, Global Schistosomiasis Alliance organized Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) program hosted by World Health Organizations (WHO). Moreover, the program was supported by the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Research for Control and Elimination (SCORE), Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, The Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia (FMHE), and The Ministry of Health (MoH).

Global Schistosomiasis Treatment Market: Competitive Landscape 

Major players operating in the global schistosomiasis treatment market include, Chemos GmbH & Co. KG, Shin Poong Pharma.Co. Ltd., Meher Distributors Pvt. Ltd., Merck & Co., Salvensis, Bayer AG, LondonPharma Ltd, Merck & Co., Inc., 3S Corporation Kancera AB, aj Pharmaceuticals Ltd.,  Avanscure Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd, CBC Pharma., VHB Life Science Inc., Samarth Pharma Pvt. Ltd., Taj Pharmaceuticals Ltd., and Egyptian International Pharmaceuticals Industries Co SAE (EIPICO).

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Last Updated: 05-Mar-2021