House improvements and community participation in the control of Triatoma dimidiata re-infestation in Jutiapa, Guatemala

Monroy, Carlota, Maria Bustamante, Dulce, Pineda, Sandy, Rodas, Antonieta, Castro, Xochitl, Ayala, Virgilio, Quinones, Javier and Moguel, Barbara (2009) House improvements and community participation in the control of Triatoma dimidiata re-infestation in Jutiapa, Guatemala. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 25 S1: S168-S178.

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Author Monroy, Carlota
Maria Bustamante, Dulce
Pineda, Sandy
Rodas, Antonieta
Castro, Xochitl
Ayala, Virgilio
Quinones, Javier
Moguel, Barbara
Title House improvements and community participation in the control of Triatoma dimidiata re-infestation in Jutiapa, Guatemala
Formatted title
 House improvements and community participation in the control of Triatoma dimidiata re-infestation in Jutiapa, Guatemala
Journal name Cadernos De Saude Publica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0102-311X
1678-4464
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 25
Issue S1
Start page S168
End page S178
Total pages 11
Place of publication Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Publisher Escola Nacional de Saude Publica
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The deterioration or absence of plaster walls in houses and poor hygienic conditions are the most important risk factors for indoor Triatoma dimidiata infestation in Guatemala. A cross-disciplinary study was conducted addressing T. dimidiata infestation, household hygiene, and housing construction. The study focused on local materials and cultural aspects (including gender roles) that could lead to long-term improvements in wall construction. A new plaster mix for walls was developed on the basis of laboratory studies on construction materials recommended by local villagers. Four villages with persistent (post-spraying) T. dimidiata infestation were studied. In two villages, an ecosystem approach was implemented, and the homeowners conducted wall improvements and household sanitation with the support of the interdisciplinary team (the ecosystem intervention). In the other two villages, a vector control approach based on insecticide spraying was adopted (traditional intervention). Both interventions were associated with a reduction in T. dimidiata infestation, but only the ecosystem approach produced important housing improvements (sanitation and wall construction) capable of preventing T. dimidiata re-infestation in the long term.
Keyword Chagas disease
Consumer participation
Housing sanitation
Housing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Molecular Bioscience - Publications
 
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