The government of Belgium has scored partnership with Mbarara University of science and technology to help Kagadi district prevent bilharzia disease under the project titled Action towards Reducing Aquatic snail born Parasitic diseases ATRAP.
This was revealed today by professor Lies Jacobs of Leuven University in Belgium during a meeting held at the district headquarters in Kagadi town with citizen researchers that were selected to help the Belgium government and Mbarara University of science and technology in making research about the disease.
Professor Lies says the Belgium government wants to use citizen researchers who are always on the ground to help them in finding out the real cause of bilharzia disease.
According to Markson Anyoriso Kenneth, a PHD student at Mbarara University of science and technology who is also an assistant lecturer at Lira University said that their worker is to make research on human activity that could cause bilharzia disease.
The district vector control officer, Dr. Twebaze Chris who doubles as the focal person for neglected tropical diseases is optimistic that with the help of Belgium government and Mbarara University of science and technology they will prevent bilharzia disease in the area.
Meanwhile Citizen Researchers promised to do smart work after receiving materials including smartphones to use in making research.