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Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2015 Oct;38(4):344-6.

Sustaining a hygiene education intervention to prevent and control geohelminth infections at schools in the Peruvian Amazon.

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1
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
2
Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Royal Victoria Hospital Campus, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, theresa.gyorkos@mcgill.ca.
3
Asociación Civil Selva Amazónica, Iquitos, Peru.

Abstract

The World Health Organization currently recommends that school-based deworming programs include health hygiene education as a complementary measure. However, the sustainability and long-term impact of such hygiene education had yet to be assessed. In July 2012, this cross-sectional study was conducted in 18 primary schools in the Peruvian Amazon to gauge continuing adherence to a health hygiene education intervention introduced 2 years earlier to reduce soil-transmitted helminth infections. Due in large part to high teacher turn-over, only 9 of 47 (19.1%) teachers were still implementing the intervention. Health hygiene education interventions must, therefore, be designed to ensure sustainability in order to contribute to the overall effectiveness of school-based deworming programs.

PMID:
26758227
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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