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Soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis in children of poor families in Leyte, Philippines : lessons for disease prevention and control

Liwanag, Harvy Joy and Uy, Jhanna and Bataller, Ramil and Gatchalian, Janis Ruth and De La Calzada, Betty and Uy, Justine Alessandra and Dayrit, Manuel. (2017) Soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis in children of poor families in Leyte, Philippines : lessons for disease prevention and control. Journal of tropical pediatrics, 63 (5). pp. 335-345.

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Abstract

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) continue to be a public health problem in the Philippines. We assessed the association of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and schistosomiasis with selected health-related and socioeconomic variables in four villages in Leyte, Philippines.; Stool specimens from 418 adults and 533 of their children from 209 families were examined through the Kato-Katz technique.; STH and schistosomiasis were present in 64.6% and 12.5%, respectively, of study participants. Analysis through the generalized linear mixed model revealed a number of associations between infection in parents and their children. Findings indicate that years of disease prevention and control efforts in these areas have been unable to bring down prevalence in children and their parents. Eliminating NTDs as public health problems will require a systems thinking approach beyond implementation of vertical control programs alone.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH)
UniBasel Contributors:Liwanag, Harvy Joy and ,
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Oxford Univ. Press
ISSN:1465-3664
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:08 Feb 2020 14:56
Deposited On:02 Jul 2018 13:37

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