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TitleSoil- transmitted helminths : does improving school WASH impact students’ likelihood of helminth reinfection?
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsFreeman, MC, Clasen, T, Brooker, S, Akoko, D, Rheingans, R
Pagination1 p.
Date Published2012-01-01
PublisherCARE Kenya
Place PublishedNairobi, Kenya
Keywordshelminthic infections, infectious diseases, morbidity, schools

It is estimated that over 2 billion individuals worldwide are infected with soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and school-age children exhibit the greatest morbidity associated with STH infection. STH infection is directly related to fecal exposure, either through ingestion or skin exposure. School-based deworming is cheap and effective; however, without systemic change to environmental exposure to infection, dewormed populations become quickly reinfected. The SWASH+ partnership conducted a cluster-randomized trial to assess the impact of school-based sanitation and hygiene improvements on reinfection with different STH species among school children in western Kenya. [authors abstract]

This one page summary is based on the article, ‘The impact of school-based hygiene, water quality, and sanitation intervention on soil- transmitted helminth reinfection : a cluster-randomized trial’ (2012) by M.C. Freeman, T. Clasen, S. Brooker, D. Akoko and R. Rheingans.

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