Cysticercosis is caused by the pork tapeworm and is a poverty-associated, parasitic infectious disease. It is one of the neglected tropical diseases. Despite existing treatment options, the disease is becoming increasingly widespread in large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Parasite infestation of the brain leads to the development of neurocysticercosis, which is the most common cause of epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease affects both human and animal health and also leads to high economic losses in the affected rural areas.
The aim of the project is to contribute to the elimination and prevention of cysticercosis and neurocysticercosis. The project pursues the One-Health concept, i.e. the simultaneous treatment of human and veterinary aspects. The network's work plan includes an investigation of the mechanisms that lead to the disease in humans and animals as well as the use of new therapeutic strategies. Another important part of the project is the development of educational material for schools and the general public in order to increase knowledge about disease pathways and infection prevention among the population.



Supported by BayFOR:

Research Focus:

  • Education / Skills / Capacity Building
  • Medicine and Health


Germany (Bavaria), Tanzania, United Republic Of, Zambia, Mozambique

Funding Agency:

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)