The Chair of Miwatj Health, John Morgan, the Chair of 1Disease, Dr Sam Prince, and the CEO of NT Health, Jeff Moffet, accept a message-stick at Yirrkala as a sign of the partnership between their organizations

The Chair of Miwatj Health, John Morgan, the Chair of 1Disease, Dr Sam Prince, and the CEO of NT Health, Jeff Moffet, accept a message-stick at Yirrkala as a sign of the partnership between their organizations

Partnering with One Disease At A Time

Miwatj Health is involved in a unique partnership with a private foundation, One Disease At A Time (ODAAT), to reduce the incidence of scabies in the region. In remote Indigenous communities, scabies affects 7 out of 10 children before their first birthday. Scabies infections and resulting skin sores can lead to chronic diseases, including kidney failure, rheumatic heart disease and premature death. The work of ODAAT has changed the way in which scabies is treated: for the first time in Australia, a preventative chronic care approach to crusted scabies has become part of written treatment guidelines (CARPA), and steps have been taken to allow Ivermectin (oral  treatment for scabies) to be more easily prescribed and therefore more accessible in the community. ODAAT, with help from the Commonwealth Department of Health, is also working to facilitate the availability of washing machines in remote locations so that bedding and clothing can be washed more frequently, as a further preventive measure. ODAAT and Miwatj aim to eliminate crusted scabies as a health problem in the region, and are on-track to achieve that.

Scabies

Download the One Disease at a Time – End of Year Report 2012

Or visit the One Disease at a Time website

 

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