Published: November 26, 2023 | File type: PDF

Prevalence and intensity of soil-transmitted helminth infections in Uganda: Results from population-based prevalence surveys in five districts

Benjamin Tinkitina, Prudence Beinamaryo, Moses Adriko, Betty Nabatte, Moses Arinaitwe, Alfred Mubangizi, Paul Emerson, Sanjaya Dhakal, Kristin M. Sullivan

In March and May of 2022, we conducted follow-up surveys in five districts to determine how well the deworming campaigns have reduced infection prevalence in these communities. Among surveyed groups (preschool-aged children, school-aged children, and women of reproductive age), we found that in three of the five surveyed districts, STH prevalence had substantially decreased. In these areas, the national deworming program may consider reducing the frequency of the deworming campaigns from its current twice-a-year schedule. The prevalence remained high in the remaining two districts despite several years of deworming. Further investigation is needed to determine why.

Tinkitina B, Beinamaryo P, Adriko M, Nabatte B, Arinaitwe M, et al. (2023) Prevalence and intensity of soil-transmitted helminth infections in Uganda: Results from population-based prevalence surveys in five districts. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 17(9): e0011605. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0011605