Yaws eradication

Cameroon investigates yaws outbreak among indigenous populations

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21 July 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing financial support, medicine, technical and logistical assistance to Cameroon to contain an outbreak of yaws among its tribal population in the country's east region.

Hundreds of people and household contacts have already been treated as medical teams continue to find cases in order to prevent the disease spreading to neighboring areas.

Accelerating yaws eradication: antibiotic added to WHO’s essential medicines list


9 June 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated azithromycin as the antibiotic for the treatment of yaws - a chronic infectious disease that mainly affects children.

Its inclusion in WHO's latest Model list of Essential Medicines is expected to facilitate access to the medicine and enhance the implementation its eradication, worldwide.

Indonesia mobilizes resources to defeat yaws


19 May 2017 | Geneva -- Indonesia has rolled out a comprehensive programme to eliminate yaws - a chronic skin disease that mainly affects children.

Strong political commitment has ensured adequate funding for the programme and the procurement of azithromycin - an oral antibiotic that can cure yaws infection.

Yaws is the third disease targeted for eradication by the World Health Organization (WHO). The two others are: dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) and polio.

Brazil’s EMS pledges medicine donation to accelerate yaws eradication

Carlos Sanchez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NC Group

19 April 2017 |Geneva –– Brazil’s largest pharmaceutical company, EMS has announced the donation of the oral form of the antibiotic azithromycin to support a renewed initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) to achieve the eradication of yaws by 2020.
Until recently, the standard treatment for yaws has been intramuscular injections of benzathine penicillin. The discovery in 2012 that a single oral dose of azithromycin completely cures the disease can accelerate the eradication of the disease.
The researcher who discovered that a single dose of oral azithromycin against yaws recently appealed for free donation of tablets to accelerate eradication of the disease.

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