MCRI and its partners have been at the forefront of innovative research on approaches to control or eliminate scabies as a public health problem.
Our research has shown that, in communities affected by high levels of scabies, the most effective way of reducing the burden is via a community-wide approach called mass drug administration (MDA). The goal is to drastically lessen the spread within a community or region and ultimately reduce scabies to a low and manageable level in that population.
WSP aims to eliminate scabies as a public health problem, not eradicate. Post-MDA, ongoing action to control scabies is essential in maintaining low levels of infection rates in communities and regions.