One Disease at a Time tackles control of the neglected disease, crusted scabies

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Thursday, 27 December, 2012
Aboriginal man wih crusted scabies

Scabies control in East Arnhem Land is the focus of One Disease at a Time. This neglected parasitic disease, particularly its severe form, crusted scabies, has a massive impact on health in rural and remote Indigenous communities in Australia. A case of crusted scabies in a community makes scabies control very difficult since the person becomes a reservoir for the scabies mite (Sarcoptes scabiei), reinfecting community members. Crusted scabies also has a disasterous impact on a person's quality of life.

The East Arnhem Scabies Control Program (EASCP), supported by One Disease, is partnering with the East Arnhem Aboriginal communities and a range of organisations to develop strategies to treat crusted cases within the community and to keep them free of scabies. People, who have suffered from crusted scabies for years and finally obtain relief, often become advocates for scabies control within their community. This innovative and important work will develop a model hopefully to assist scabies control globally.

Read about One Disease’s work in their 2012 report or on their website. Tropical Health Solutions is privileged to be working with One Disease and particularly the EASCP team in this vital activity.

Image shows an Aboriginal man from Nhulunbuy with crusted scabies on his head, neck and back.

Posted 27 December 2012 by Rick Speare