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Title: Health education for children in the control of schistosomasis
Authors: Schall, Virgínia Torres
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Abstract: Health education for children is an important measure in the control of schistosomiasis especially considering the characteristics of the disease during childhood, such as high prevalence, high percent of treatment resistance, high rates of egg elimination and high level of reinfection, as reported in studies conducted in endemic areas. All of these facts indicate that children play a role in the maintenance and transmission of schistosomiasis. Historically in Brazil, Health Education concerning the major Brazilian endemies consists of a kind of vertical, interventionist and temporary action. An alternative would be to create a permanent health education process by assigning health education teachers to elementary schools. This would require expansion and improvement of teacher training and the development of programs taking into account: 1) the cognitive aspects of the child, the child's perception of reality and of the health/illness process; 2) the adaptation of instruction means and materials to the age group; 3) a "pedagogy of liberation" approach emphasizing the possibility of transforming life conditions since schistosomiasis is related to the lack of public services such as basic sanitation and clean domestic water supply.
Keywords: Health education
keywords: Educação em saúde
Issue Date: 1987
Publisher: Ministério da Saúde, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Citation: SCHALL, V. T. Health education for children in the control of schistosomasis. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, v. 82, supl. 4, p. 285-292, 1987.
DOI: 10.1590/S0074-02761987000800054
ISSN: 1678-8060
Copyright: open access
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