Intestinal worm infections, including roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm, are major international health concerns, affecting approximately one fourth of the world's population.
Many intervention schemes have been attempted to control these infections in heavily exposed populations, but success has been limited because individuals are readily reinfected upon renewed exposure.
Few data are available concerning people's health beliefs about soil-transmitted helminthic infections in such populations.
The purpose of this study was to assess health beliefs about common helminthiasis in a population experiencing moderate to high rates of infection.
The focal population for the study was the Jirel population. a tribal group distributed across nine villages in the Jiri Region of Dolakha District, eastern Nepal.
The results indicate that beliefs about the types, causes, and treatments of helminthic infections have been developed and reinforced by experience and empirical evidence.
People's frequent inability to confirm the efficacy of drug therapy by observing worms in stools has led to dissatisfaction with biomedical approaches.
Carefully planned education programs are required to alter prevailing attitudes and improve control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis in the region.
Mots-clés Pascal : Helminthiase, Parasitose, Infection, Epidémiologie, Homme, Attitude, Croyance, Connaissance, Education santé, Programme sanitaire, Ethnie, Népal, Asie, Intestin pathologie, Appareil digestif pathologie, Jirel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Helminthiasis, Parasitosis, Infection, Epidemiology, Human, Attitude, Belief, Knowledge, Health education, Sanitary program, Ethnic group, Nepal, Asia, Intestinal disease, Digestive diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0388165
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 25/01/1999.