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J Public Health Policy. 2019 Aug 7. doi: 10.1057/s41271-019-00182-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Gaps and barriers in interventions for the control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis among school-age children in an endemic area of the Philippines: a school-based point-of-view.

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1
Department of Biology, College of Science, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, 1008, Manila, Philippines. rvlabana@pup.edu.ph.
2
Department of Biology, College of Science, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, 1008, Manila, Philippines.
3
Graduate School, Centro Escolar University, Mendiola, Manila, Philippines.
4
Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, New Era University, Quezon City, Philippines.
5
Center for Life Sciences Research, Institute of Science and Technology Research, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila, Philippines.
6
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Science, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila, Philippines.
7
School of Science and Technology, Centro Escolar University, Mendiola, Manila, Philippines.

Abstract

We used a qualitative cross-sectional study in 20 elementary schools in an area of Cagayan Valley, Philippines where soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) is endemic, to analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for three intervention components for STH control: mass drug administration (MDA), health education, and sanitation. School teachers and staff generally perceived MDA to be a well-delivered program, but opportunities exist to strengthen other control strategies: health education and school rules on hygiene and sanitation at school. Complete and consistent monitoring of program impact and the availability of up-to-date reports on prevalence of the infection can guide teachers' efforts to promote interventions for STH elimination.

KEYWORDS:

Albendazole; Cagayan Valley; Intestinal worms; Mass drug administration; Neglected tropical disease; Soil-transmitted helminthiasis

PMID:
31391522
DOI:
10.1057/s41271-019-00182-5

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