Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
AVILA MONTES, Gustavo Adolfo et al. A school program for dengue control in Honduras: from knowledge to action. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.31, n.6, pp.518-522. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892012000600011.
The Environmental School Program (PEA, for its Spanish acronym), a dengue control initiative focused on primary schools that took place during 2005-2010 in several cities in Honduras, is described. The environmental health program was designed to increase knowledge and develop skills in the identification and control of Aedes aegypti breeding sites, as well as in water and solid waste management. The results, as measured by behavioral change and reduced larval indices, were satisfactory in the majority of the participating schools. The initiative involved not only children, but also their parents and teachers. In addition to reducing larval indices, PEA was successful in promoting community participation in environmental issues, particularly Aedes control. The inclusion of this educational content in the primary school curriculum in Honduras remains pending.
Keywords : dengue; Aedes; environmental education; health education; school health; environmental health; Honduras.