The SCI Foundation (SCI), formerly known as the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, is a charity that works with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to create or scale up deworming programs.


SCI was founded in 2002 as an initiative within Imperial College London with a £20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[1] In 2019, SCI became an independent organization, adopting its current name.[1]


SCI has been a GiveWell top-rated charity since 2011.[2] [3] GiveWell estimates that SCI can deworm a child at a cost of around $1.[4][5]

As of May 2022, SCI Foundation has received over $3.1 million in funding from Open Philanthropy,[6] and is also featured in The Life You Can Save's list of "best charities".[7]

Further reading

GiveWell (2021) All content on SCI Foundation, GiveWell, November.

Sánchez, Sebastián et al. (2019) Timeline of Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Timelines Wiki, March 9 (updated 16 April 2021‎).

SCI Foundation. Official website.

Donate to the SCI Foundation.

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    SCI Foundation (2020) Our history, SCI Foundation.

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    For the year 2019, GiveWell maintained their recommendation, but noted that while "SCI offers donors an outstanding opportunity to accomplish good with their donations [...], at this time, it does not have capacity to use new donations effectively."[8] This notice was removed in 2020.

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    GiveWell (2021) SCI Foundation, GiveWell, November.

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    GiveWell (2021) Our top charities, GiveWell, November.

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    Open Philanthropy (2022) Grants database, Open Philanthropy.

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    The Life You Can Save (2021) Best charities, The Life You Can Save.

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    GiveWell (2019) Our top charities, GiveWell, November.