Hiwot Hailu

Title:  Assessment of school health problems in Gedeo Zone, Southern Ethiopia

Project summary: 

School health is a neglected area of the health services in Ethiopia, and very few studies have been done to identify the health problems of school children. Therefore, this study will assess the prevalence of anaemia, malnutrition, intestinal parasites, and skin infections among rural school children aged 5-14 years in Wenago district in South Ethiopia. A cross-sectional study design method will be used, and we will study 845 pupils using a two-stage cluster random sampling technique. The interviews and examinations will be done with children and their parents or guardians. We shall do weight and height measurements, laboratory examination for haemoglobin and stool intestinal parasite investigation, and clinical skin examinations. The study results will help to identify the health problems among schoolchildren in the area, and may thus help designing future school health programs.

General objectives:  To assess the health problems among school children aged 5-14 years in Wenago District in South Ethiopia.

The specific objectives are:

  • To assess the prevalence of anaemia, malnutrition and its risk factor among school children in Wenago District
  • To assess the prevalence of intestinal parasites and its risk factor among school children in Wenago District
  • To examine the occurrence of scabies, fungal infections and jigger (tunga penetrans) infections among school children in Wenago District
  • To assess the correlation between parasite burden, malnutrition and anaemia among school children aged 5-14 years

Ethical approval: 14.12.16

Resarch Started  

Planned publications:

  • The prevalence of anaemia, malnutrition and its risk factor among school children in Wenago District
  • Intestinal parasites and its risk factor among school children in Wenago District
  • Occurrence of scabies, fungal infections and jigger (tunga penetrans) infections among school children in Wenago District
  • Association between parasite burden, malnutrition and anaemia among school children aged 5-14 years