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Yaws Eradication Documentary

A documentary has been produced about Yaws with Dr Oriol Mitjà as the focus.

Dr Oriol Mitjàis a Catalan researcher and consultant physician in internal medicine and infectious diseases with expertise in poverty-related tropical diseases. He has conducted research at the Lihir Medical Centre in Papua New Guinea since 2010 on new diagnostic and therapeutic tools to eradicate yaws.

The previous yaws eradication campaign was launched in 1952 with estimated cases totaled 50 million worldwide. Twelve years later, prevalence had plunged by 95%. Governments and funding agencies soon lost interest and infection rates began climbing back up in the 1970s. The present WHO eradication strategy for yaws is mass treatment with single-dose oral azithromycin, followed by resurveys to find residual cases. Dr Mitjà has demonstrated that the new strategy is effective in eliminating yaws from endemic countries and if implemented everywhere could result in yaws eradication, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The documentary covers his work in Lihir and the discovery that Azithromycin can be used as an antibiotic to treat Yaws.

Unfortunately this documentary is not currently available publicly. Help us by donating to our goal of £5,000 to purchase the rights to the documentary and place it on YouTube for free viewing. Raising awareness about what Yaws is and how it can be eradicated is an important part of achieving eradication.