The World Scabies Program is celebrating the World NTD DayNeglected tropical disease (NTD) programmes strengthen health systems through disease surveillance and by training local health workers. By working together, adopting people-centered approaches, and working across sectors in an integrated manner, we can end neglected tropical diseases and achieve the targets in the World Health Organization NTD road map.
Reflections from the field- Fiji MDA
The first round of the national ivermectin-based MDA in Fiji has begun. Recently a team from Melbourne spent a day out in the field with the nurses that are administering the medication in the island of Taveuni in the Northern Division of Fiji. Here are some reflections from one of the team members.
Integrated MDA underway in the Northern Division of Fiji
The integrated MDA for scabies and lymphatic filariasis for the Northern Division of Fiji began on the 12th October.
Introducing the World Scabies Program Video
We are excited to share with you the first World Scabies Program illustrated video, which highlights the public health approach to controlling scabies.
MDA is underway in Solomon Islands
MDA is underway in Solomon Islands. Half of the provinces have commenced MDA with the others to commence shortly. WSP Solomon Islands staff have also been busy conducting supervisory visits and coverage surveys in each of the provinces.
World Scabies Program featured on Breakfast TV Show at Fiji One
The World Scabies Program Fiji National Manager Aminiasi Tavui, Program Manager, Sarah Andersson and Project Coordinator for Lymphatic Filarisis at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Vinaisi Duituturaga Bechu talks to Fiji One Breakfast about the upcoming mass drug distribution on scabies and lymphatic filarisis in the country.
To access the live recorded video click here
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).
In memory of Dr Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela
The World Scabies Program is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malacela, Director of the World Health Organization's Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.