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Effect on weight gain of routinely giving albendazole to preschool children during child health days in Uganda: cluster randomised controlled trial

Alderman, Harold and Konde-Lule, Joseph and Sebuliba, Isaac and Bundy, Donald A.P. and Hall, Andrew (2006) Effect on weight gain of routinely giving albendazole to preschool children during child health days in Uganda: cluster randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 333 (7559). pp. 122-124. ISSN 0959-535X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38877.393530.7C

Abstract

Objective: To estimate the effectiveness of delivering an anthelmintic through a community child health programme on the weight gain of preschool children in Uganda. Design: Cluster randomised controlled trial. Setting: Eastern Uganda. Participants: 48 parishes participating in a new programme for child health: 24 offered children an additional service of anthelmintic treatment. The outcome is based on measurements from 27 995 children. Intervention: Treatment of children aged between 1 and 7 years with 400 mg albendazole added to standard services offered during child health days over a three year period. Main outcome measure Weight gain. Results: The provision of periodic anthelmintic treatment as a part of child health services in Uganda resulted in an increase in weight gain of about 10% (166 g per child per year, 95% confidence interval 16 to 316) above expected weight gain when treatments were given twice a year, and an increase of 5% when the treatment was given annually. Conclusion: Deworming of preschool children in Uganda as part of regularly scheduled health services seems practical and associated with increased weight gain.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1468-5833
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:2376
Deposited On:05 Jul 2006
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:30

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