Stopping yaws in its tracks

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

Students gather outside their school during a yaws case search activity in West Akim Municipal, Ghana.
Godfrey Tamate, a student in West Akim, shows health workers a yaws ulcer on his leg.
Yaws is transmitted through person-to-person contact, with most lesions occurring on the limbs.
Dr Kotey at her office in the capital Accra.
Supplies of azithromycin at the Ghana Health Service offices in Accra.
An aerial view of a rural community in West Akim Municipal.
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.
Dr Boateng oversees the mass drug administration campaign for yaws eradication in West Akim Municipal.
A health worker conducts a health promotion session with students at a local school.
Health workers, including Solomon Antwi Brefo (pink shirt) from the West Akim Municipal Health Directorate test students as part of endemicity mapping activities.
Samuel Achia receives treatment for yaws.
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.
In addition to yaws, other non-yaws skin lesions are also attended to during the school and community activities.



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