13 February 2018 | Geneva --The WHO Morges Strategy to eradicate yaws recommends large-scale treatment of at risk and infected individuals with oral azithromycin to accelerate the interruption of yaws transmission.
Any proven persistent cases found after azithromycin treatment should be reviewed and treated with benzathine benzylpenicillin injection.
29 January 2018 |Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting meeting to discuss surveillance, monitoring and evaluation as it prepares the first phase of a renewed global campaign to eradicate yaws.
The meeting follows the recent agreement between WHO and the Brazilian pharmaceutical company EMS for the donation of 150 million tablets of azithromycin - an oral antibiotic - that cures the disease. Yaws mainly affects children who live in poor, rural communities.
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.
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.
Comparative efficacy of low-dose versus standard-dose azithromycin for patients with yaws: a randomised non-inferiority trial in Ghana and Papua New Guinea
Eradication of yaws – A guide for programme managers
Eradication of yaws – procedures for verification and certification of interruption of transmission
Yaws: strict compliance with WHO’s Morges strategy critical to achieve eradication
Yaws eradication: global experts meet after signature of medicine donation agreement
Cameroon investigates yaws outbreak among indigenous populations
Accelerating yaws eradication: antibiotic added to WHO’s essential medicines list