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.
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World First Prevalence Survey of Scabies Completed in French Polynesia
Over the last two months WSP has partnered with French Polynesia's Regulatory Agency for Public Health and Social Action to conduct the country's first prevalence survey of scabies and bacterial skin infection. The study was funded by WSP and the Pacific Fund.
A small team of skilled and enthusiastic French Polynesian doctors, nurses, and data officers were trained in research ethics, study methodology, and Child Safety.
Over three weeks, 1771 people of all ages were examined from randomly selected households across two islands (Tahiti and Mo'orea). The study team toiled in challenging conditions of blistering heat, downpours, and a lower house occupancy than anticipated. Scabies and bacterial skin infection were found to be problematic in all neighbourhoods. Results will be available in early 2024 and will inform French Polynesia's public health response.
Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award Winners WSP Video
The World Scabies Program, one of the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award winners, has completed the first round of mass drug administration in the Solomon Islands and Fiji this year.
Watch the video below to hear from Sarah Teddy, Headmistress, Kukum SDA School, Solomon Islands, who talks about the challenges children with scabies face at school and how the work of the WSP has helped children, families and communities in the Solomons and Fiji. The success of the program will ensure scabies is no longer a public health problem in these countries.
First Scabies National Prevalence Survey in Kiribati
WSP in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, recently conducted the first scabies national prevalence survey in Kiribati.
Over 10,000 people of all ages were examined from randomly selected households across 10 districts, including 5 outer islands, over a 3-week period. The survey teams found scabies and bacterial skin infection to be problematic for many communities, reinforcing the urgent need for a scabies control program in Kiribati. Analysis of data is underway, and results will be available in early 2024.