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PEDRAZZANI, Elisete Silva et al. Intestinal helminths in Brazil: III - Education and health in helminthiasis program. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1989, vol.23, n.3, pp.189-195. ISSN 1518-8787.

From August 1985 to June 1986 an Education Program for school-children and their parents or guardians was undertaken in Santa Eudóxia (S. Paulo, Brazil) with a view to the practice of knowledge concerning intervention with regard to parasitic helminths, with the aim of stimulating collective action. A manual of technical orientation for the coordinators had been prepared. Three groups composed of school-children's parents or guardians was formed and these discussed four basic themes during the Course of Education and Health in Helminthiasis: 1. What the disease is like; 2. The worms which occur in man; 3. The significance of the disease; 4. Prophylactic measures. Each group prepared a manual about the content of the course. The results of the children's work were presented at the Health Education Fair, an event open to the whole community. The way this Program developed made it clear that the population had become aware of the magnitude of the problem. Furthermore, they feel the need of effective measures regarding the control of helminth infestation.

Keywords : Helminthiasis [prevention and control]; Health education; Knowledge [attitudes, practice]; School health.

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