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SOARES, Andreia Alves et al. Non-formal education for schistosomiasis prevention: the experience of the Museu Arqueológico de Central, Bahia, Brazil. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2006, vol.101, suppl.1, pp.107-110. ISSN 1678-8060. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762006000900017.
The activities described here form part of an extensive programme in place in the Região Arqueológica de Central, state of Bahia, Brazil. After malacological and socio-environmental surveys in the area, a strategy comprising formal and non-formal education with an emphasis on schistosomiasis prevention was developed, introduced, and evaluated. Interviews were conducted of 142 students and 11 teachers, totalling 11 classes at six primary schools. On the basis of those interviews, four display cases and seven panels were prepared. In addition a table was set up where students could participate directly on the subject, drawing and recognising the factors involved in the schistosomiasis cycle. The exhibition was held at the Museu Arqueológico de Central. The endeavours of this paper underline the importance of health education as well as exhibitions to disease prevention activities.
Keywords : schistosomiasis mansoni; health education; freshwater snails; Bahia; Brazil.