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Study to Test Whether Shoes Protect Children Against Hookworm Infection on Pemba Island, Zanzibar (SKIP)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 5, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 5, 2013
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Fondazione Ivo de Carneri, Milan, Italy
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bird, Christopher

Brief Summary:
Small association studies have hypothesised that shoes protect against hookworm infection. The purpose of this pragmatic study was determine, under field conditions, whether school-age children on Pemba Island, Zanzibar, would wear shoes and if shoes protected them against hookworm infection.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hookworm Device: Shoes Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1056 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Shoes for Kids on the Island of Pemba (SKIP): A Pragmatic, Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial to Test if Shoes Reduce Hookworm Infection and Transmission in School-aged Children on Pemba Island, Zanzibar
Study Start Date : July 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2012

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Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Control
Standard care
Experimental: Shoes
Device: Shoes
A unisex canvas slip-on with a sturdy sole.
Other Name: 'Giving Shoe' produced by TOMS Shoes, Los Angeles, California, USA

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reduction in hookworm prevalence and intensity of infection in intervention arm [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Prevalence of hookworm measured as a percentage in both intervention and control arms; intensity of infection measured as the geometric mean hookworm load in eggs per gram of stool (via Kato-Katz method).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Use of shoes by children in intervention arm [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • school-aged children attending one of the 12 schools identified for the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • lack of consent from family
  • allergy to Albendazole

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01869127

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Public Health Laboratory
Chake Chake, Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bird, Christopher
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Fondazione Ivo de Carneri, Milan, Italy
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Principal Investigator: Christopher K Bird, MBBS

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Responsible Party: Bird, Christopher Identifier: NCT01869127     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SKIP48039353950
First Posted: June 5, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 5, 2013
Last Verified: June 2013
Keywords provided by Bird, Christopher:
necator americanus
ancyclostoma duodenale
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Hookworm Infections
Strongylida Infections
Secernentea Infections
Nematode Infections
Parasitic Diseases