Impact of Health Education on School Children

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 16, 2012
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ahmed Al-Delaimy, University of Malaya

Brief Summary:
There is a sever lack in application of health education intervention for Soil Transmitted Disease (STH) in rural communities and in school children among Orang Asli in Pahang in Malaysia, and also there is a lack of information on the effect of different health education aspects on STH control in Malaysia, so the investigators think that introducing such new national educational package and for the first time in Malaysian's school will help children to make some behavior changes specially for the school children aiming to use these children as an educator agents to their families and preschool brothers and sisters, to build a base for this issue and to reduce STH intensity in these rural areas, which in turn will determine the best approach to health education intervention to be applied to other rural areas in Malaysia.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Intestinal Helminthiasis Other: Health Education package Phase 1

Detailed Description:

The World Health Organization established that infections with STH among school¬children cause malnutrition, intellectual retardation and cognitive and educational deficits.

Although school-based intervention specifically the deworming antihelminths drugs programme were introduced into school but still Orang Asli villages in Malaysia having a high intensity and higher prevalence rate for STH, therefore the objective of this article was to review other intervention means mainly the health education intervention into school children and rural community, where most of these studies concluded that health education intervention was successful in increasing knowledge and changing some of practices among people and children which in turn decreases the prevalence and intensity of the STH. Also we think applying such intervention in Malaysia would be a benefit to change knowledge and attitude towards STH, and it will be the first research study to be applied in this field.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 317 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Impact of Health Education in Controlling Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis Among Orang Asli Schoolchildren
Study Start Date : July 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Health Education
Deworming will be conducted in both schools. A health education package will be introduced to schoolchildren in the intervention school (School A) only. Both schools will be followed up for 6 months.
Other: Health Education package
Health Education package that covers key health messages about the proper personal hygiene practices will be given to school children in the intervention school. The package consisted of many items such as posters, comic book, song video, competitions, drawing activities, puppet show, etc.
No Intervention: Control
Schoolchildren in school B will serve as a control group. No intervention (Health education package) will be given after complete deworming at baseline.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 1- The prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections among the Orang Asli children living in the rural areas of Pahang and Selangor will be determined. [ Time Frame: 1-2 year ]
    An open-label clinical trial will be carried out to investigate the impact of health package in controlling Soil Transmitted Disease (STH) infections among Orang Asli children in rural areas of Pahang and Selangor, Malaysia. After baseline screening for the eligibility of the children, all children will be screened for STH infections.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age:7-14
  • No evidence of concomitant chronic illness such as acute respiratory tract infections, mental retardation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age over 15

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01640626

National school of Pos Betau & NAtional school of Kuala Koyan
Kuala Lipis, Pahang, Malaysia
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Malaya
Principal Investigator: Ahmed K. Al-Delaimy, MSc University of Malaya
Study Chair: Hesham M Al-Mekhlafi, PhD University of Malaya

Responsible Party: Ahmed Al-Delaimy, THE IMPACT OF HEALTH EDUCATION IN CONTROLLING SOIL-TRANSMITTED HELMINTHIASIS IN ORANG ASLI COMMUNITIES, University of Malaya Identifier: NCT01640626     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: University Of Malaya
First Posted: July 16, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2014
Last Verified: June 2014

Keywords provided by Ahmed Al-Delaimy, University of Malaya:
Health Education
Soil-transmitted helminthiasis
Prevention and control

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic
Parasitic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases