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Health education and the control of intestinal worm infections in China : a new vision

McManus, Donald P. and Bieri, Franziska A. and Li, Yue-Sheng and Williams, Gail M. and Yuan, Li-Ping and Henglin, Yang and Du, Zun-Wei and Clements, Archie Ca and Steinmann, Peter and Raso, Giovanna and Yap, Peiling and Magalhães, Ricardo J. Soares and Stewart, Donald and Ross, Allen G. and Halton, Kate and Zhou, Xiao-Nong and Olveda, Remigio M. and Tallo, Veronica and Gray, Darren J.. (2014) Health education and the control of intestinal worm infections in China : a new vision. Parasites and Vectors, 7 (344).

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Abstract

The transmission of soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) is associated with poverty, poor hygiene behaviour, lack of clean water and inadequate waste disposal and sanitation. Periodic administration of benzimidazole drugs is the mainstay for global STH control but it does not prevent re-infection, and is unlikely to interrupt transmission as a stand-alone intervention.; We reported recently on the development and successful testing in Hunan province, PR China, of a health education package to prevent STH infections in Han Chinese primary school students. We have recently commenced a new trial of the package in the ethnically diverse Xishuangbanna autonomous prefecture in Yunnan province and the approach is also being tested in West Africa, with further expansion into the Philippines in 2015.; The work in China illustrates well the direct impact that health education can have in improving knowledge and awareness, and in changing hygiene behaviour. Further, it can provide insight into the public health outcomes of a multi-component integrated control program, where health education prevents re-infection and periodic drug treatment reduces prevalence and morbidity.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Swiss Centre for International Health > Health Systems Support (Prytherch)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
UniBasel Contributors:Steinmann, Peter and Raso, Giovanna
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1756-3305
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:16 Nov 2016 07:34
Deposited On:07 Nov 2014 08:28

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