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Knowledge, perceptions and behaviour of mothers toward intestinal helminths in Upper Egypt: implications for control

Knowledge, perceptions and behaviour of mothers toward intestinal helminths in Upper Egypt: implications for control

Health Policy and Planning 13(4): 423-432

Until community sanitation can be improved, community treatment by chemotherapy and improvements in personal hygiene through health education remain the most affordable, effective strategies for controlling helminth infections in Egypt. To facilitate the design of an appropriate intestinal helminths control program in Upper Egypt, operations research was conducted in the Governorate of Qena. 768 mothers or other caretakers of 2657 children 2-12 years old were interviewed. 35.5% of households had at least 1 child harboring worms and 13.5% of children were infected with 1 or more parasites. Although 88.8% of households had a latrine, 22.5% of children were reported to defecate anywhere. Knowledge of the sources of infection and ways to prevent transmission was generally good. One-third of mothers of children with worms in their stools did not seek any treatment for their children, however, in part due to drug shortages in the area. Two-thirds of mothers reported they were unable to pay for the health services they needed. The majority of mothers treated intestinal worms with lupine juice prepared at home. Bivariate analysis identified the following significant correlates of reduction in risk of infection: hand washing after defecation, maternal literacy, household use of public health care facilities, and maternal attendance at health education sessions. Given the relatively low level of infection in the area, passive case detection may be a sufficient control measure if drugs are made available at health units and priority is given to children living in areas with a high prevalence of infection. Health education should seek to improve hygienic behavior, rather than knowledge of the disease, and use of television should be considered to reach illiterate mothers.

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