Study on the distribution of common parasitic helminth infections and compliance with the national deworming programme in two villages in lower Myanmar
The study lasted from June 2015 to July 2016 and focussed on soil-transmitted helminth (STH) and lymphatic filariasis (LF) infection in two rural villages in lower Myanmar. Approximately 1000 people were recruited and their demographic and socioeconomic data were collected. There were three parasitology data collection rounds in August 2015 (baseline), December 2015 (4 months) and June 2016 (10 months). All participants were tested for STH and LF, and were treated with albendazole and DEC. A sub-sample of participants also completed worm expulsion data collection as another method of determining STH infection intensity. The findings will help to inform programme managers in Myanmar and beyond on which groups of people are perpetuating STH transmission and the levels of compliance to MDA programmes. This project was directly supported by the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research.