Journal article

Defining the need for public health control of scabies in Solomon Islands

Susanna J Lake, Daniel Engelman, Oliver Sokana, Titus Nasi, Dickson Boara, Anneke C Grobler, Millicent H Osti, Ross Andrews, Michael Marks, Margot J Whitfeld, Lucia Romani, John M Kaldor, Andrew C Steer



Pacific Island countries have a high burden of scabies and impetigo. Understanding of the epidemiology of these diseases is needed to target public health interventions such as mass drug administration (MDA). The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of scabies and impetigo in Solomon Islands as well as the relationship between them and their distribution. We conducted a prevalence study in 20 villages in Western Province in Solomon Islands. All residents of the village were eligible to participate. Nurses conducted clinical assessments including history features and skin examination. Diagnosis of scabies was made using the 2020 International Alliance for the Control of Scabies di..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The RISE trial is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia GNT1127297. DE, LR, JMK and ACS are supported by fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. ACS is also supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Viertel Charitable Foundation. MM is supported by a National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lectureship. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.