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What are the reformulation preferences of children and young people receiving regular BPG injections

3 months
Approved budget:
Miss Bridie Laing
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) is an autoimmune condition caused by untreated Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection of the throat and possibly skin. Multiple or sever attacks of ARF can cause permanent heart damage known as Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). Painful monthly injections of Benzathine Penicillin G (BPG) are given intramuscularly for 10 years or more to prevent GAS infections. This project seeks to explore the perspectives and preferences of children and young people who received regular BPG injections to prevent ARF/RHD, for a new reformulated version of BPG. These findings will directly inform global research efforts to reformulate BPG to produce a more appropriate form of Penicillin for those with ARF/RHD.