What is geohelminthiases?
Soil-transmitted helminthiases, commonly known as intestinal parasites, generally affect the poorest communities of the world.
Its transmission is through contact with the eggs of the parasites eliminated with the faecal material of infected people who contaminate the soil in areas where sanitation is deficient. There is no direct transmission from person to person.
These diseases have a great impact on the social and economic development of communities with high prevalence of helminthiasis because they affect the working capacity of adults and the school absence of children.
Good hygiene practices, such as hand washing and personal hygiene, are measures that prevent this type of infection. In addition, in places of high risk, the use of footwear is important so that children do not become infected by contaminated soil.
What does Fundación Mundo Sano do for geohelminthiases?
To address geohelminthiases, we work on prevention, diagnosis and treatment, developing programs and projects aligned with our three pillars: translational research, knowledge dissemination and public-private cooperation.
Since 2015, we have promoted a comprehensive approach to these diseases through Comprehensive Community Intervention Programs for the Prevention and Control of Intestinal Parasites, both in Argentina and in Spain, Ethiopia and Mozambique.
In Argentina, we work in collaboration with the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes “Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán” (ANLIS); in Spain and Ethiopia with the National Center for Tropical Medicine of the Carlos III Health Institute (Madrid) and the Bahir Dar University (Amhara Region, Ethiopia); and in Mozambique with the Health Research Center of Manhiça and the Global Health Institute Global (ISGlobal) of Barcelona.
In 2016, we joined the World Handwashing Day promoted by the Global Handwashing Partnership. Since then we have carried out prevention activities in schools in the locations where we have our offices: Pampa del Indio, Clorinda, Tartagal, Añatuya and Puerto Iguazú.