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Stopping yaws in its tracks

Mass treatment of endemic communities aims to break the chain of infection in Ghana

UNDP Africa
Jun 12 · 8 min read
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Students gather outside their school during a yaws case search activity in West Akim Municipal, Ghana.
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Godfrey Tamate, a student in West Akim, shows health workers a yaws ulcer on his leg.
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Yaws is transmitted through person-to-person contact, with most lesions occurring on the limbs.
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Dr Kotey at her office in the capital Accra.
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Supplies of azithromycin at the Ghana Health Service offices in Accra.
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An aerial view of a rural community in West Akim Municipal.
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Students at a school in West Akim line up to be screened for skin lesions and tested for yaws. West Akim has a population of about 130,000 and consists of 10 sub-municipalities, 7 of which are considered yaws endemic.
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Dr Boateng oversees the mass drug administration campaign for yaws eradication in West Akim Municipal.
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A health worker conducts a health promotion session with students at a local school.
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Health workers, including Solomon Antwi Brefo (pink shirt) from the West Akim Municipal Health Directorate test students as part of endemicity mapping activities.
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Samuel Achia receives treatment for yaws.
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Aided by their familiarity with the local community, community-based surveillance volunteers like Oku Asare Joshua assist the health workers by communicating prevention information to the people and carefully observing for possible cases.
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In addition to yaws, other non-yaws skin lesions are also attended to during the school and community activities.
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Advancing sustainable human development in 46 Sub-Saharan African countries.

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