Journal article

Community perspectives on scabies, impetigo and mass drug administration in Fiji: A qualitative study

Elke Mitchell, Stephen Bell, Li Jun Thean, Aalisha Sahukhan, Mike Kama, Aminiasi Koroivueti, John Kaldor, Andrew Steer, Lucia Romani

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


Scabies is endemic in Fiji and is a significant cause of morbidity. Little is known about the sociocultural beliefs and practices that affect the occurrence of scabies and impetigo, or community attitudes towards the strategy of mass drug administration that is emerging as a public health option for scabies and impetigo control in Fiji and other countries. Data were collected during semi-structured interviews with 33 community members in four locations in Fiji's Northern Division. Thematic analysis examined participants' lived experiences of scabies and impetigo; community knowledge and perceptions about scabies and impetigo aetiology and transmission; community-based treatment and preventio..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence grant

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant (APP1127300) LR, JK, AS, MK - and an NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence grant (APP1153727P) - JK, AS, MK. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.