Open Access Research Article Article ID: OJTM-3-108

    Deworming school children in Ethiopia: The importance of a comprehensive approach

    Jemal Ali1,7, Allison Polland2, David Adlerstein3, Yirga G Gziabher4, Galia Sabar5, Yonat Liss6 and Zvi Bentwich1,6*

    Introduction: A quarter of the world’s population, most commonly in developing countries like Ethiopia, are infected with intestinal parasites. School age children are the most affected segment of the population. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends periodic deworming of all at-risk people living in endemic areas.

    Methods: In 2009, Ben Gurion University, in partnership with the NALA Foundation and in collaboration
    with the Organization for Social Services and AIDS (OSSA), an Ethiopian non-governmental organization,
    and the health and education bureau of Tigray Regional State, launched a deworming project for school
    children in Mekele City, Ethiopia. During its four years of implementation (2009-2012), we evaluated the
    effi cacy of this intervention in controlling helminthic infection in participating schools. The program
    entailed a comprehensive approach, combining intensive health education with water sanitation and
    mass drug administration and with pre- and post-intervention stool surveys, during each year of the


    Published on: Jul 10, 2019 Pages: 1-6

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/ojtm.000008
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