A major health campaign could eliminate Yaws from Vanuatu | Pacific Beat

A major health campaign could eliminate Yaws from Vanuatu

A major health campaign could eliminate Yaws from Vanuatu

Updated 20 June 2013, 16:34 AEST

A major effort to eradicate Yaws from Vanuatu is underway, involving Vanuatu Health authorities and World Health Organisation.

The WHO says Yaws is a neglected tropical disease that affects the skin, bone and cartilage, but a new drug can cure it and raises the prospects of eradicating Yaws altogether.

The Organisation's liaison officer for Vanuatu, Doctor Jacob Kool says all the peope in Tafea province will be treated.

The province includes the islands of Tanna, Futuna, Erromango and Aniwa.

Dr Kool told Hilaire Bule an education program has started on Tanna.

Presenter: Hilaire Bule

Speaker: the World Health Organisation liaison officer for Vanuatu, Doctor Jacob Kool

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