Minimization of Illness Absenteeism in Primary School Students Using Low-Cost Hygiene Interventions

Tambekar, DH and Shirsat, SD (2012) Minimization of Illness Absenteeism in Primary School Students Using Low-Cost Hygiene Interventions. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Objective: Safe water and hygiene intervention was evaluated to assess its impact on students’ health, hygiene practices and reduction in illness absenteeism in primary school students. Method: After evaluatingprimary schools of Amravati district; 50 students with high enteric illness absenteeism were selected for study. Families with problem of in-house water contamination were provided earthen pot with tap for water storage and soap for hand washing at school and home. Household drinking waters (before and after intervention) were analyzed for potability. Results: By adopting correct water storage (water container with tap), handling and hand washing practices found to improve health and reduction in 20% illness absenteeism in school. Promoting these interventions and improvement in water-behavioral practices prevented in-house-water contamination. Conclusion: These low cost intervention (water storage container with tap) promises to reducing school absenteeism by minimizing risk of transmission of enteric infections by promoting water and student hygiene.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Illness-Absenteeism; Intervention; Hygiene; Hand washing
Subjects:JOURNALS > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
ID Code:8895
Deposited By: Kakkilaya Bevinje, Dr. Srinivas
Deposited On:04 May 2013 23:06
Last Modified:04 May 2013 23:06

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