The impact of perception and knowledge on the treatment and prevention of intestinal worms in the Manikganj district of Bangladesh

Jennifer L. Bath, Peace N. Eneh, Amanda J. Bakken, Megan E. Knox, Michael D. Schiedt, Jarryd M. Campbell

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Abstract

Soil transmitted helminths (STHs†) affect more than one billion of the world's population and are very prevalent in regions with high poverty rates and poor sanitation. Efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals, such as combating diseases and increasing the number of people with access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities, will directly help in eliminating STHs. The Plains regions of Bangladesh has one of the highest prevalence rates of STHs, and the efforts made by the World Health Organization might not be enough to eradicate these diseases in this region before the 2015 goal. This survey was conducted in the Manikganj district of Central Bangladesh to evaluate local awareness about the transmission and prevention of STHs. The results from this survey show that although a large percentage of the respondents were knowledgeable about the spread and impact of intestinal worms, the majority of individuals still do not take the necessary steps to prevent infection. Our findings demonstrate the complexity of controlling and eliminating STHs and show that concluding efforts should incorporate additional measures for vaccine development as well as improved educational efforts that are sensitive to the region's traditions and cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-184
Number of pages14
JournalYale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Volume83
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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