Journal article

Prevalence of scabies and impetigo in school-age children in Timor-Leste

Alexander Matthews, Brandon Le, Salvador Amaral, Paul Arkell, Merita Monteiro, Naomi Clarke, Terlinda Barros, Joaquim de Jesus Mendonca, Sonia Maria Exposto Gusmao, Leonia Maria dos Reis Seixas, Joao Henrique Araujo da Piedade, Daniel Engelman, Andrew C Steer, Nicholas SS Fancourt, Jennifer Yan, John Kaldor, Joshua R Francis, Susana Vaz Nery

PARASITES & VECTORS | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Scabies and impetigo are endemic in many tropical, low- and middle-income countries. Mass drug administration (MDA) with ivermectin has emerged as a control strategy for these conditions. In 2019, Timor-Leste Ministry of Health planned to implement MDA including ivermectin for the control of lymphatic filariasis, so we undertook a baseline assessment of scabies and impetigo to better understand local epidemiology and contribute to future surveys assessing the impact of MDA. METHODS: A cross-sectional school survey was conducted in April-May 2019 at six primary schools in a semi-urban (Dili) and two rural (Ermera and Manufahi) settings. Children under 19 years of age present at sc..

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Awarded by NHMRC (Centre for Research Excellence)

Awarded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Indo Pacific Centre for Health Security)

Funding Acknowledgements

The Kirby Institute received funding from NHMRC (Centre for Research Excellence APP1153727) and the Menzies School of Health Research received funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Indo Pacific Centre for Health Security APP1152979), which supported this research.