• Donald McManus Donald McManus
  • Franziska Bieri Franziska Bieri
  • Yue-Sheng Li Yue-Sheng Li
  • Gail M. Williams Gail M. Williams
  • Li-Ping Yuan Li-Ping Yuan
  • Yang Henglin Yang Henglin
  • Du Zun-Wei Du Zun-Wei
  • Archie A Clements Archie A Clements
  • Peter Steinmann Peter Steinmann
  • Giovanna Raso Giovanna Raso
  • Peiling Yap Peiling Yap
  • Ricardo J. Soares Magalhaes Ricardo J. Soares Magalhaes
  • Donald Stewart Donald Stewart
  • Allen Ross Allen Ross
  • Kate Halton Kate Halton
  • Xiao-Nong Zhou Xiao-Nong Zhou
  • Remigio Olveda Remigio Olveda
  • Veronica Tallo Veronica Tallo
  • Darren Gray Darren Gray

Background The transmission of soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) is associated with poverty, poor hygiene behaviour, lack of clean water and idequate waste disposal and sanitation. Periodic administration of benzimidazole drugs is the mainstay for global STH control but it does not prevent re-infection, and is unlikely to interrupt transmission as a stand-alone intervention. Findings We reported recently on the development and successful testing in Hun province, PR Chi, of a health education package to prevent STH infections in Han Chinese primary school students. We have recently commenced a new trial of the package in the ethnically diverse Xishuangban autonomous prefecture in Yunn province and the approach is also being tested in West Africa, with further expansion into the Philippines in 2015. Conclusions The work in Chi illustrates well the direct impact that health education can have in improving knowledge and awareness, and in changing hygiene behaviour. Further, it can provide insight into the public health outcomes of a multi-component integrated control program, where health education prevents re-infection and periodic drug treatment reduces prevalence and morbidity. Keywords: Ascaris lumbricoides; Trichuris trichiura; Necator americanus; Ancylostoma duodele; Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs); People's Republic of Chi; Health education; "Magic Glasses" video