Yaws is mostly a disease of children who live in poor, rural settings and is usually found in the topics. Solomon Islands reports the second highest number of cases of yaws worldwide (Marks 2015).
A new collaborative research project is being launched by the Atoifi Health Research Group and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Solomon Islands.
The aim of the project is to develop and pilot a training and quality control package for the use of the DPP-RDT, a new screening test that can distinguish between current and past infection. This may make the test more useful test in clinical practice.
Atoifi Hospital and clinics in the East Malaita catchment area will participate in this project, with health care workers provided with training on the use of the DPP-RDT test. The research team will visit health workers and interview them about their experience of the test.
This project contributes to research capacity strengthening for health workers in rural areas and will generate valuable information about yaws in this part of Solomon Islands.
You can read a recent free article about yaws by Dr Marks and colleagues, see: http://www.ajtmh.org/content/92/1/129.long
Photo: Dr Michael Marks with children in Western Province, Solomon Islands