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

McManus, Donald P., Bieri, Franziska A., Li, Yue-Sheng, Williams, Gail M., Yuan, Li-Ping, Henglin, Yang, Du, Zun-Wei, Clements, Archie C.A., Steinmann, Peter, Raso, Giovanna, Yap, Peiling, Soares Magalhaes, Ricardo J., Stewart, Donald, Ross, Allen G., Halton, Kate, Zhou, Xiao-Nong, Olveda, Remigio M., Tallo, Veronica, & 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

Background: 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.

Findings: 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.

Conclusions: 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.

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Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, Necator americanus, Ancylostoma duodenale, soil transmitted helminths (STHs), People’s Republic of China, Health education, “Magic Glasses” video
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-344
ISSN: 1756-3305
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Infectious Diseases (110309)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 McManus et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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