by Emma C. Hobbs, Kabemba Evans Mwape, Inge Van Damme et al.
Tropical Medicine and International Health, Vol. 23 No. 3, March 2018
The zoonotic helminth Taenia solium is endemic in Zambia, causing human (taeniasis and (neuro)cysticercosis) and pig (porcine cysticercosis) diseases with high health, social and economic burdens. The authors aimed to evaluate the impact of a health educational program intended to lead to powerful and cumulative improvements in knowledge, attitudes and practices that decrease parasite transmission and disease occurrence. The authors conclude that preliminary assessment of ‘The Vicious Worm’ indicates it is an effective tool for the short-term T. solium education of primary school students in Zambia. Follow-up studies are planned to assess the longer term impact of the program on knowledge uptake in the study neighbourhoods.