The Prevalence of Skin Disease Among School Children in Rural Ethiopia—A Preliminary Assessment of Dermatologic Needs
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 13, Issue 5, pages 378–381, September 1996
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Figueroa, J. L., Fuller, L. C., Abraha, A. and Hay, R. J. (1996), The Prevalence of Skin Disease Among School Children in Rural Ethiopia—A Preliminary Assessment of Dermatologic Needs. Pediatric Dermatology, 13: 378–381. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.1996.tb00704.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Abstract: It Is always assumed that the prevalence of skin diseases in developing countries is very high, and that infestations and skin Infections are highly endemic in poor rural communities; however, very few epidemiologlc reports verify these assumptions. As part of a continuing Study of dermatologic needs in southwestern Ethiopia, and to estimate the prevalence of treatable skin disease in children, a school survey was undertaken in Shebe. In October 1992,112 children were examined by a team of dermatologists and their conditions were recorded. Twenty-two children (19.6%) were considered healthy and 90 (80.4%) had one or more skin diseases. A total of 140 conditions were identified and considered treatable in 98% of children. Infestations were the most prevalent skin pathology, 81.2%, followed by fungal infections, 13.4%.