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2018

Surviving the Snails of Uganda

04/03/2018
Francis Angumya of Uganda

Francis Angumya of Uganda

As a teenager, Francis Angumya often played with his friends in Africa’s largest lake, not understanding the dangers that lurked underneath.

The 23-year-old student had left his home in rural Uganda to pursue a better education and brighter future — a search that ultimately brought him to the shores of Lake Victoria. He had enrolled at an all-boys high school just a short drive from Entebbe, a popular holiday destination on the lake’s northern shores.

His wistful memories of afternoons swimming in Lake Victoria have all but washed away — replaced by a terrifying experience that changed his life forever.

In April 2016, Francis suddenly woke to excruciating pain pulsating from his stomach. Then he started vomiting blood. “It was not about to stop,” he said.

The doctors discovered a scarred liver, stomach ulcers and abnormally high blood pressure. But Francis’s tests failed to reveal the cause of his mysterious illness.

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NTD evaluation cover

USAID Neglected Tropical Diseases Program 2016 Evaluation

04/10/2018

In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the USAID NTD program, the Agency commissioned an independent evaluation to better understand how the program has contributed to achieving the World Health Organization (WHO) 2020 NTD goals and inform the future direction of the Agency NTD Program.

 

Surviving the Snails of Uganda

04/03/2018
Francis Angumya of Uganda

Francis Angumya of Uganda

As a teenager, Francis Angumya often played with his friends in Africa’s largest lake, not understanding the dangers that lurked underneath.

The 23-year-old student had left his home in rural Uganda to pursue a better education and brighter future — a search that ultimately brought him to the shores of Lake Victoria. He had enrolled at an all-boys high school just a short drive from Entebbe, a popular holiday destination on the lake’s northern shores.

His wistful memories of afternoons swimming in Lake Victoria have all but washed away — replaced by a terrifying experience that changed his life forever.

In April 2016, Francis suddenly woke to excruciating pain pulsating from his stomach. Then he started vomiting blood. “It was not about to stop,” he said.

The doctors discovered a scarred liver, stomach ulcers and abnormally high blood pressure. But Francis’s tests failed to reveal the cause of his mysterious illness.

Read the full story.

2017

Surviving the Snails of Uganda

04/03/2018
Francis Angumya of Uganda

Francis Angumya of Uganda

As a teenager, Francis Angumya often played with his friends in Africa’s largest lake, not understanding the dangers that lurked underneath.

The 23-year-old student had left his home in rural Uganda to pursue a better education and brighter future — a search that ultimately brought him to the shores of Lake Victoria. He had enrolled at an all-boys high school just a short drive from Entebbe, a popular holiday destination on the lake’s northern shores.

His wistful memories of afternoons swimming in Lake Victoria have all but washed away — replaced by a terrifying experience that changed his life forever.

In April 2016, Francis suddenly woke to excruciating pain pulsating from his stomach. Then he started vomiting blood. “It was not about to stop,” he said.

The doctors discovered a scarred liver, stomach ulcers and abnormally high blood pressure. But Francis’s tests failed to reveal the cause of his mysterious illness.

Read the full story.

2016

Surviving the Snails of Uganda

04/03/2018
Francis Angumya of Uganda

Francis Angumya of Uganda

As a teenager, Francis Angumya often played with his friends in Africa’s largest lake, not understanding the dangers that lurked underneath.

The 23-year-old student had left his home in rural Uganda to pursue a better education and brighter future — a search that ultimately brought him to the shores of Lake Victoria. He had enrolled at an all-boys high school just a short drive from Entebbe, a popular holiday destination on the lake’s northern shores.

His wistful memories of afternoons swimming in Lake Victoria have all but washed away — replaced by a terrifying experience that changed his life forever.

In April 2016, Francis suddenly woke to excruciating pain pulsating from his stomach. Then he started vomiting blood. “It was not about to stop,” he said.

The doctors discovered a scarred liver, stomach ulcers and abnormally high blood pressure. But Francis’s tests failed to reveal the cause of his mysterious illness.

Read the full story.

2015

Surviving the Snails of Uganda

04/03/2018
Francis Angumya of Uganda

Francis Angumya of Uganda

As a teenager, Francis Angumya often played with his friends in Africa’s largest lake, not understanding the dangers that lurked underneath.

The 23-year-old student had left his home in rural Uganda to pursue a better education and brighter future — a search that ultimately brought him to the shores of Lake Victoria. He had enrolled at an all-boys high school just a short drive from Entebbe, a popular holiday destination on the lake’s northern shores.

His wistful memories of afternoons swimming in Lake Victoria have all but washed away — replaced by a terrifying experience that changed his life forever.

In April 2016, Francis suddenly woke to excruciating pain pulsating from his stomach. Then he started vomiting blood. “It was not about to stop,” he said.

The doctors discovered a scarred liver, stomach ulcers and abnormally high blood pressure. But Francis’s tests failed to reveal the cause of his mysterious illness.

Read the full story.

2014

Surviving the Snails of Uganda

04/03/2018
Francis Angumya of Uganda

Francis Angumya of Uganda

As a teenager, Francis Angumya often played with his friends in Africa’s largest lake, not understanding the dangers that lurked underneath.

The 23-year-old student had left his home in rural Uganda to pursue a better education and brighter future — a search that ultimately brought him to the shores of Lake Victoria. He had enrolled at an all-boys high school just a short drive from Entebbe, a popular holiday destination on the lake’s northern shores.

His wistful memories of afternoons swimming in Lake Victoria have all but washed away — replaced by a terrifying experience that changed his life forever.

In April 2016, Francis suddenly woke to excruciating pain pulsating from his stomach. Then he started vomiting blood. “It was not about to stop,” he said.

The doctors discovered a scarred liver, stomach ulcers and abnormally high blood pressure. But Francis’s tests failed to reveal the cause of his mysterious illness.

Read the full story.