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Potential Public Health Measures to Tackle Skin Diseases
Skin diseases are a big challenge in resource poor communities around the world; both in high-and low-income countries. In the past decades various control programmes have been set up in efforts to control, prevent and disrupt transmission leading to elimination of some of the infectious diseases. Mass drug administration/treatment (MDA) recommended by WHO, has been used for diseases including yaws, onchocerciasis, trachoma, lymphatic Filariasis and other skin NTDs in resource poor countries. Apart from MDA, telemedicine could be one of the tools that can be exploited to relieve the disease burden in limited resource countries. Improving access to primary healthcare may also assist in reducing the disease burden. Enhancing local knowledge of skin diseases and preventive and control measures through health education and community campaigns could provide the community with essential knowledge on how to manage skin diseases.