Development and analysis of an educational game for children aiming prevention of parasitological diseases

The incidence of intestinal parasitological infections among Brazilian children, especially among those from low-income families, is high. Educational interventions can encourage actions that help to prevent this type of infection. Additionally, educational games are playful tools that lead students to engage more actively in the learning process. The objective of this study is to evaluate an educational tool for children that teaches them how to avoid intestinal parasitological diseases: a board game developed for this purpose. The game was tested among 98 school children aged 7-13, who took a pre-test before the game and a post-test afterward to measure their knowledge. The post-tests results were significantly better than the pre-test ones. Our data show that overall, after playing the board game, children had a significantly better knowledge of the health habits needed to prevent parasitological infections. Still, some of them had prior knowledge of the content addressed and the older ones tended to have the weakest performance.

Healht Education; Prevention; Control; Parasitology; Educational game

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