Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Is mass treatment the appropriate schistosomiasis elimination strategy?

Veronica L Tallo, Hélène Carabin, Portia P Alday, Ernesto Jr Balolong, Remigio M Olveda, Stephen T McGarvey

Volume 86, Number 10, October 2008, 765-771

Table 2. Participation in a schistosomiasis mass treatment programme, according to barangay-level variables in 50 barangays, Samar province, the Philippines

Variable Number Median IQR
Mass media to announce treatmenta
Yes 39 54.3 39.1–67.6
No 11 45.3 42.0–60.8
House-to-house information saturation drive
Yes 23 54.1 43.6–67.3
No 27 50.2 36.5–72.3
Barangay captain present during the mass treatment
Yes 22 52.6 42.0–67.3
No 28 50.4 40.4–50.4
BHW involvement during mass treatment
None 6 33.6 22.3–72.4
Some 14 57.9 42.0–63.8
Full 30 52.6 44.0–67.6
Villagers helping in the mass treatment activities
Yes 21 56.8 46.1–72.3
No 29 47.9 39.1–60.6
Community involvement index
Low 4 36.1 26.1–62.0
Fair 7 39.0 35.9–60.4
Active 26 54.2 45.3–67.6
Full 13 55.6 46.1–67.3
Irrigation status of the barangay
Irrigated 25 54.0 45.3–67.3
Rain-fed 25 47.9 35.9–63.8

Barangay, village; BHW, barangay health worker; IQR, interquartile range.a Mass media includes barangay assembly, public address system or ringing of the bell on the day of mass treatment itself.

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