Change Starts Here. £2 is all it costs to treat a child that has this disease.
Spaceship Earth is committed to eradicating Yaws
What is Yaws?
Yaws is caused by a germ. The disease is spread from person to person especially among children who play together. In 2012, WHO recommended the use of oral azithromycin in the treatment of yaws. If left untreated, Yaws causes horrific facial disfiguration later in life.
Eradicating an infectious disease is a permanent solution. Once it is eradicated it can’t come back. Disease control, elimination, and eradication should go hand in hand with socio-economic development such as building schools and hospitals, providing access to potable drinking water and improving sanitation.
The world saw the eradication of Smallpox in the 1980s. We will soon see the eradication of poliomyelitis and dracunculiasis (Guinea worm).
Yaws is targeted for eradication by WHO NTD (neglected tropical diseases) roadmap. The decision was encouraged by the findings that a single dose of oral azithromycin was curative.
We have the potential to eradicate yaws with very little money. Why should poor children continue to suffer from this disease?
There are many benefits of disease eradication that go beyond preventing illness and death:
Children don’t miss school due to illness and get a better education and thus better jobs, benefiting the economy and increasing government revenues which go back into education and healthcare.
Parents don’t have to take time off work to look after sick children and can provide more money for their families to buy food and other life essentials.
Government resources are not spent on treating those who have the disease or vaccinating against a disease that no longer exists. (Due to smallpox being eradicated we no longer need to vaccinate against it).
Eradicating diseases brings economic benefits, for example, the $9 billion spent on Polio eradication since the 1980s has already returned almost $30 billion to the economy. Yaws eradication is a lot easier and cheaper to eradicate with the WHO estimating it to cost $400 million.
Money and resources can be relocated to the eradication and prevention of other diseases.
By eradicating Yaws, it will free millions of dollars each year to be allocated to a new charitable cause.
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Yaws is a neglected tropical disease that most people will not have heard of. This lack of awareness contributes to the lack of will to push for eradicating Yaws.
Communicating Our Vision
Eradicating Yaws can not be achieved without the support of many different organisation. Spaceship Earth is focused on building these partnerships to achieve eradication
ENSURE FINANCIAL STABILITY
Know What Best To Risk
Eradicating a disease takes financial commitment. As a disease gets close to eradication there is a temptation to stop funding. We focus on making sure that funding is stable until eradication is
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What Lessons Can We Learn For The Future?
Lessons learned from eradicating a disease can be applied to future projects that target other infectious diseases for eradication.
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