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Controlling blinding trachoma in the Egyptian Delta: Integrating clinical, epidemiological and anthropological understandings.

Abstract

Trachoma is a leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. The disease is hyperendemic in rural Egypt, where more than 75% of children show signs of having had at least one episode of infectious trachoma during the first year of life. Earlier anthropological and epidemiological observations suggested that trachoma prevalence would decrease if children had their faces washed with soap and water at least once each day. We conducted a community-based intervention to increase face washing in order to control trachoma. In this paper we describe the overall design of this intervention trial and discuss how we integrated anthropological methods and ethnographic data into the design of this successful multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural project to prevent trachoma.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Rubinstein RA
D. Lane S
Sallam SA
Sheta AS
Gad ZM
Sherif AR
Selim M
Gad A
Shama A
Schachter J
Dawson CR
Year of Publication
2006
Journal
Anthropology & Medicine
Volume
13
Issue
2
Number of Pages
99-118
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1364-8470
DOI
10.1080/13648470600738674
Alternate Journal
Anthropology & Medicine
Publication Language
eng