Targeting crusted scabies has massive impact on scabies in East Arnhem Land

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Monday, 23 December, 2013

The East Arnhem Scabies Control Program (EASCP), supported by One Disease at a Time, has reduced scabies after 18 months. The EASCP focuses on assisting people with the tendency to crusted scabies to remain free of scabies. Crusted scabies is a form of scabies with large number of mites and crusted cases are superspreaders, capable of infecting many people. Keeping these people free of scabies not only improves their quality of life, but also reduces transmission to other members of the community.

An update on the EASCP is now available in the End of Year Report.

One of the core program goals is to reduce the scabies rates in children. One Disease at a Time are pleased to report that there was an 88% reduction in hospital stays for children living in households with crusted scabies in the past year when compared with the previous 3 years.

Further to this, improvements in the quality of life of people with crusted scabies have also been reported with a 66% reduction in the impact of skin conditions on social activities and personal relationships, a 75% reduction in patients reporting feelings of shame and embarrassment and a 100% reduction for patients whose skin condition impacted their ability to work.

Tropical Health Solutions collaborates with One Disease in the EASCP by providing advice on scabies, its control, and feasible monitoring strategies.

Download report here - One Disease at a Time East Arnhem Scabies Control Project - end of year report - 2013.

Posted by Rik Speare