What We Do
Grace Outreach Coalition, is a nonprofit organization, that was founded in March of 2010. Our focus is to reduce the burden of some Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) on underprivileged people in rural areas of the world. Our goal is to provide the knowledge and the support needed to help reduce the burden of harmful diseases like Schistosomiasiasisa (aka., Bilharzia) and River blindness, and to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged people in these rural areas of the world by empowering them through education, training, and medical provisions.
In July 2011, Grace Outreach Coalition (GOC) spearheaded a pilot eradication of the disease, Schistosomiasis, using the drug Praziquantel in Borgu region of Niger state Nigeria, where the rate of prevalence was at 46% and spread out over 427 communities. Through this exemplary leadership over 90,000 inhabitants of Borgu emirate have been cured to date! The 5 year efforts of GOC continues to prevent the re-occurrence of the disease through the provision of water filters, water wells, education and medical provisions.
Schistosomiasiasis is a parasitic disease carried by a estimated 207 million people worldwide and the second most devastating disease in tropical Africa. It is a parasitic infection caused by Schistosoma worms acquired from water contaminated with fresh water snails. Species which live in humans can produce liver, bladder, and gastrointestinal problems and may cause death in some cases.
Our strategy for cure and prevention
Schistosomiasiasis is curable by just one dose of Praziquantel, made possible by your continued financial donations to purchase the medication. The problem however, is that the cure, Praziquantel, must be given out every year to the same people. No plan is in place to prevent a re-occurrence of the disease! GOC believes that the clear solution is to truncate the life cycle of the parasite (see scheme below) in the following ways:
- Reduce the dependence of the people for potable water on the contaminated Kainji Lake through the provision of fresh water wells (aka boreholes).
- Provide solar latrines to ensure that the eggs of the parasite, do not return to the Kanji lake by way of continued human defecation and urination.
- Enlighten and empower the people through education, so as to encourage the use of the solar latrines as their means of disposal of human waste rather than the already contaminated Kainji lake !