|Vector and Pest Control in Refugee Situations (UNHCR, 1997, 124 p.)|
|9. Human scabies mites|
Poverty, lack of hygiene, and promiscuity, so frequent in refugee camps, are factors favourable to the propagation of scabies. Children are particularly affected.
A programme to improve personal hygiene among primary school children should be set up in refugee camps in co-operation with UNICEF. The installation of rain-water collection systems in schools could provide the water necessary to wash school children and their clothing.
When treating with acaricides, clothing can be boiled to eliminate any parasites.