International Alliance for the Control of Scabies
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.
In June 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) formally recognised scabies as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD).
IACS supported endemic countries including Ethiopia, Fiji and the Solomon Islands in the submission of a dossier and compendium of evidence for scabies to the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for Neglected Tropical Diseases. The STAG concluded that all the criteria were met for scabies.
The formal adoption of scabies as an NTD signifies an important boost to international advocacy efforts and will further facilitate much needed research and development of new disease control solutions, particularly in resource-poor settings.
In 2018, the International Alliance for the Control of Scabies completed a formal consensus (Delphi) study to establish new international diagnostic criteria for scabies which was published and is available here.