International Alliance for the Control of Scabies

IACS 2018 Annual Meeting

The IFD supports the International Alliance for the Control of Scabies (IACS); a global network of researchers, clinicians and public health experts dedicated to improving the control of scabies.

The International Alliance for the Control of Scabies (IACS) was founded in 2012 through the support of the ILDS and other partners. Since then, IACS has grown in strength as it has bought together experts from across the world, including Ethiopia, Mali, and the Philippines, among others.

Through this, they have achieved the following:

In 2017, IACS developed a dossier which led to scabies being designated as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 2018, they drafted the IACS Consensus Criteria for the Diagnosis of Scabies, which can be implemented for scabies research and mapping projects and surveillance after control interventions. This was developed as part of a Delphi study with global experts.

In 2019, IACS was awarded a $10M (AUS) grant by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to lead a global program to wipe out the scabies parasite. As part of this program, they will:

  • Map the global populations affected by scabies;
  • Establish affordable and reliable access to effective treatments;
  • Scale-up mass drug administration strategies in highly-affected countries, including entire populations of Fiji and the Solomon Islands;
  • Support affected communities and health workers to introduce elimination programmes.

In 2020, they established their Consensus Diagnostic Criteria For Scabies, including detailed definitions and figures to aid training and implementation. This can be adapted to a range of research and public health settings. It is hoped that it will reduce misdiagnosis rates, which is a common challenge, particularly in low resource areas.

In 2021, IACS has partnered with the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) to launch a small grant program, which will help fund emerging researchers working on scabies worldwide. For more information, please visit: https://rstmh.org/grants/grant-partners-2021

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