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10 facts on yaws eradication

A single, oral dose of the antibiotic azithromycin can completely cure yaws (a chronic disfiguring and debilitating childhood disease). Find out more about the eradication of this disease.


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Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO speaking at the plenary session of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.
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  • Closing remarks at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly
    28 May 2016 -- In her closing remarks, Dr Margaret Chan highlighted some main achievements of the Health Assembly, including approval of the new programme for health emergencies. She described the item on polio eradicatoin as a high point, noting that one of the greatest achievements in the history of public health is now within our grasp.

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