The World Scabies Program is working with governments and partners to eliminate scabies as a public health problem. This program aims to put scabies control on national and global agendas, implement community wide treatment strategies, and strengthen health systems to monitor and manage scabies.
“The infection rate is high among children, who often pick up mites from their friends. [They] scratch all night, interrupting their sleep, and struggle to concentrate in class during the day. Often the scratching leads to impetigo and the children have to stay away until they clear up, so they miss out on more school.”
- Dr Mike Kama, Fiji Ministry of Health
Our Latest News
The Solomon Islands launches Mass Drug Administration Campaign Against Scabies and Yaws
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Scabies Program, WHO and the Kirby Institute are preparing a mass drug distribution campaign targeting scabies and yaws at the community level.
View a recent article published in the Solomon Times about the scabies MDA here
The Big SHIFT study finds ivermectin reduces the incidence of bacterial complications of scabies
Scabies is an important predisposing factor of impetigo which can lead to serious bacterial complications. A recent study, known as The Big Skin Health Intervention Fiji Trial (Big SHIFT) found that ivermectin-based mass drug administration can not only reduce scabies and impetigo but also reduce serious bacterial complications.
WSP Program Manager Sarah Andersson is the new chair for the WHO STAG on Access to safe, efficacious and quality assured health products for NTD
The WSP Program Manager, Sarah Andersson, is the new chair for the World Health Organization Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on NTD on Access to safe, efficacious and quality assured health products for NTD (STAG WGA).