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    WSP team attends Ministry of Health & Medical Services workshop in Solomon Islands

    In March, the WSP team took part in a workshop to review the Solomon Islands Ministry Of Health & Medical Services new Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) unit's 5-year corporate plan.
    The workshop was attended by Solomon Island's Provincial Health Directors, partner organisations (including WSP, Kirby Institute, and The Fred Hollows Foundation) and NTD unit staff.
    The workshop ran over 3 days and was a very productive meeting to consolidate plans for this important new unit within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Solomon Islands!
    Huge congratulations to the NTD unit team for bringing these different actors together for an opportunity to participate in co-design and collaboration in action. 

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    Post MDA prevalence survey continues in Fiji's Western Division

    The Fiji team has had a bustling week in Lautoka, gearing up for a post MDA scabies prevalence survey in the Western Division!

    Nurses were trained to perform skin examinations for scabies and bacterial skin infections, and data officers learnt how to use Redcap to collect the data on tablets.
    Then, the survey team headed to a village for a mock exercise to put their skin examination practice into action!
    They'll be hitting the field post-Easter on Tuesday to commence the survey.

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    MDA underway in Solomon Islands

    MDA is now underway in Solomon Islands, starting in Temotu Province!

    These nurses and health workers will be travelling around Temotu province in the coming month to deliver 2 doses of scabies medicine to the 20,000 people living there thanks to Solomon Islands and Australia partnership in health. 

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    Team Solomon Islands ready for MDA round 2!

    The team in Solomon Islands have spent the last few weeks very busily finalising budgets, gathering supplies, measuring and painting height sticks and preparing training materials.

    MDA kicks off in Temotu next week!

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    Post MDA prevalence survey underway in Fiji, commencing in the Northern Division

    The Fiji team has been busy in Labasa this week preparing for a post MDA scabies prevalence survey in the Northern Division! This included a mock exercise in a village to practice randomly selecting the households to survey.

    Nurses were trained to conduct skin examinations for scabies and bacterial skin infection and will be heading out on Monday to carry out the survey.

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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the WSP Teams!

    Thank you for all your support in 2023 and we look forward to seeing you next year! We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🎉🎉

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Post MDA prevalence survey is underway in Solomon Islands

    The post-mass drug administration (MDA) prevalence survey has recently begun in Solomon Islands. Nurses and data collectors have been traveling together all over Solomon Islands to undertake skin examinations for scabies. The purpose of this survey is to estimate national scabies prevalence now that the country-wide MDA has been completed. Thanks to all the teams who are working hard to get the survey finished on time.

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