Verso: World Health - November/ December 1959. WHO/7127. Africa-Yaws. Yaws is the disease of poverty and filth. Transmitted by mere contact it first attacks children, leaving sores all over the body, disfiguring the face, draining away energy. Yaws may even cripple for life. But it is a curse that can be removed by penicillin. In most cases a single injection is enough to cure the sick in 10 to 15 days and protect those around them. This almost immediate and spectacular result makes health education easier. It convinces village people that their afflictions are not endless, that they themselves can improve their lives by adopting a few rules of elementary hygiene which will prevent the return of the disease and improve economic conditions. Liberia is one of the many countries vigorously campaigning against yaws with the assistance of WHO and UNICEF. This campaign fits into a larger plan of WHO, to eradicate yaws in the whole of the African continent. The first victims are always the children.
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