Short communication: Soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Uganda: epidemiology and cost of control


Kabatereine, NB; Tukahebwa, EM; Kazibwe, F; Twa-Twa, JM; Barenzi, JFZ; Zaramba, S; Stothard, JR; Fenwick, A; Brooker, S; (2005) Short communication: Soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Uganda: epidemiology and cost of control. Tropical medicine & international health, 10 (11). pp. 1187-1189. ISSN 1360-2276 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3156.2005.01509.x

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Abstract

A countrywide description of the distribution of soil-transmitted helminths in Uganda is reported, based on data for 20 185 schoolchildren from 271 schools. The overall prevalence of Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and hookworm was 6.3%, 5.0% and 43.5%, respectively. The prevalence of A. lumbricoides and T. trichiura was unevenly distributed in the country with prevalence greatest in south-western Uganda whereas hookworm was generally more homogeneously distributed. Based on preliminary cost analysis of an ongoing school-based control programme, the financial delivery cost per schoolchild treated with albendazole is estimated to be between US$ 0.04 and 0.08 in different districts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: soil-transmitted helminths, Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, hookworm, epidemiology, control, intervention costs, Uganda, Schistosomiasis
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 16262745
Web of Science ID: 232867800014
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/12449

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