oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - A school-based helminth control programme successfully implemented in KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



The design of the school-based Parasite Control Programme (referred to below as a helminth control programme) run in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, from 1997-2000 is described. Emphasis is given to the role of the Parasite Control Task Group which provided a forum for a wide variety of issues relating to the programme to be debated before they were agreed upon. The programme targeted the three common geohelminths ( and hookworm) and the urinary schistosomiasis (bilharzia) fluke, . It is expected that a national control programme will be set up in South Africa in the future. With this in mind, new opinions and experiences in several aspects of helminth control that have become available since 2000 are included so that they can be considered for any future programme.

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