Journal article

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Facilities and Hygiene Practices Associated with Diarrhea and Vomiting in Monastic Schools, Myanmar

Emma RN Weaver, Paul A Agius, Hilary Veale, Karl Dorning, Thein T Hlang, Poe P Aung, Freya JI Fowkes, Margaret E Hellard

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE | AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE | Published : 2016

Abstract

Gastrointestinal diseases are major contributors to mortality among children globally, causing one in 10 child deaths. Although most deaths are in children aged ≤ 5 years, the burden of disease in school-aged children is still considerable and contributes to high rates of school absenteeism. This study investigates behavioral and structural risk factors associated with diarrhea and/or vomiting among schoolchildren in Myanmar. Cross-sectional data from a school-based multistage cluster sample of grade 4 and 5 students were analyzed to explore water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities and hygiene-related practices of students in monastic schools in Myanmar. The outcome of interest was s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Freya J. I. Fowkes is supported by a future fellowship from the Australian Research Council, and Margaret E. Hellard is supported by a fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. We would like to acknowledge and thank the Myanmar Education Consortium who funded the Burnet Institute Myanmar (BIMM) in partnership with the Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG) to build the capacity of the Monastic School system to provide quality education in these targeted schools. We also gratefully acknowledge the contribution to this work of the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program.