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School-based health education targeting intestinal worms-further support for integrated control.

Abstract

Our report, which describes success in preventing soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in Chinese schoolchildren through the use of a health education package that includes a 12-minute cartoon, “The Magic Glasses,” may thus prove timely. The results from the cluster randomized intervention trial, conducted in 38 rural Chinese schools and involving 1,718 children, showed that the video-based health education package had 50% efficacy in preventing new STH infections after treatment [2]. This study established proof of principle that health education can indeed increase knowledge and change behavior, resulting in fewer intestinal worm infections. However, we have a ways to go before we can show broad application, and we appreciate that these findings will require further validation in other epidemiological and cultural settings.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Bieri FA
Li Y
Yuan L
He Y
Gray DJ
Williams GM
McManus DP
Year of Publication
2014
Journal
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Volume
8
Issue
3
Number of Pages
e2621
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1935-2735
DOI
10.1371/journal.pntd.0002621
Alternate Journal
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Publication Language
eng