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Impact of Health Education Learning Package Against Intestinal Parasitic Infections Among Orang Asli Children

  • Clinicaltrials.gov identifier

    NCT03930901

  • Recruitment Status

    Completed

  • First Posted

    April 29, 2019

  • Last update posted

    April 29, 2019

Study Description

Brief summary:

A health education learning package (HELP) has been improved and evaluated for its impact against intestinal parasitic infections among Orang Asli schoolchildren in West Malaysia. 13 schools were allocated into two groups (intervention and control groups) and the impact of HELP was evaluated after 3 and 6 months of baseline assessment and HELP intervention.

  • Condition or Disease:Intestinal Parasitic Infections
    Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Intervention/Treatment: Other: Health education learning package
  • Phase: N/A

Detailed Description

This study was conducted to evaluate the impact of an improved health education learning package (HELP) against intestinal parasitic infections among Orang Asli schoolchildren in West Malaysia. The package has been tested by a pilot study in 2013 among children in 2 schools in Pahang state. In the current study, HELP package has been improved and children from 13 primary schools in 11 districts of six states in Peninsular Malaysia were allocated into two groups (intervention and control groups) and the impact of HELP was evaluated after 3 and 6 months of baseline assessment and HELP intervention. The evaluation involved soil-transmitted helminth infections and intestinal protozoa infections.

Study Design

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Actual Enrollment: 1142 participants
  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
  • Intervention Model Description: Two groups; intervention group that involved schools where HELP will be administered and control group that involved schools that will not receive health education.
  • Masking: None (Open Label) ()
  • Primary Purpose: Prevention
  • Official Title: Impact of Health Education Learning Package Against Intestinal Parasitic Infections Among Orang Asli Schoolchildren in Malaysia
  • Actual Study Start Date: April 2017
  • Actual Primary Completion Date: November 2017
  • Actual Study Completion Date: August 2018

Arms and interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Other: Intervention
Children in this group were examined for intestinal parasites and then treated accordingly. Then, health education learning package (HELP) was introduced to children in the selected schools. The package involved different items and activities during the study period, e.g. comic booklet on the intestinal parasitic infections, stand banners, posters, lectures, songs, drawing competition, puppet show, lectures, with a toolkit that involved soap, slipper (plastic clogs shoes), & nail clipper).
Other: Health education learning package
Health education learning package (HELP) was introduced to children in the selected schools. The package involved different items and activities during the study period, e.g. comic booklet on the intestinal parasitic infections, stand banners, posters, lectures, songs, drawing competition, puppet show, lectures, with a toolkit that involved soap, slipper (plastic clogs shoes), & nail clipper).

Outcome Measures

  • Primary Outcome Measures: 1. Re-infection rate of intestinal parasitic infections using multiple parasitological and molecular diagnostic techniques [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Prevalence rate of Intestinal parasitic infections before and after health education
  • Secondary Outcome Measures: 1. Intensity rate of intestinal parasitic infections using multiple parasitological and molecular diagnostic techniques [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Intensity rate of Intestinal parasitic infections before and after health education

Eligibility Criteria

  • Ages Eligible for Study: 8 to 12 Years (Child)
  • Sexes Eligible for Study: All
  • Accepts Healthy Volunteers: Yes

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Grade 2 - 6

- Orang Asli ethnicity

- Schools exclusively for Orang Asli

Exclusion Criteria:

- Grade 1

- Chronic sever diseases

- no consent

- schools for mixed population groups

Contacts and Locations

Contacts

Locations

Malaysia
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur

Sponsors and Collaborators

University of Malaya

Investigators

Study Director: Hesham M Al-Mekhlafi, PhD University of Malaya

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