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Efficacy of the social mobilization and the social participation in dengue control measures Eficacia de la movilización y la participación social para la apropiación o “empoderamiento” (sic.) (empowerment) de las medidas de control del dengue, Comuna Norte, Bucaramanga, 2008-2009

Author(s): Flor de María Cáceres-Manrique | Mary Lupe Angulo-Silva | Celmira Vesga-Gómez

Journal: Biomédica
ISSN 0120-4157

Volume: 30;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 539;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: dengue/prevención y control | evaluación de eficacia-efectividad de intervenciones | comunicación en salud | educación de la población | conocimientos | actitudes y práctica en salud

Introduction. Dengue is a public health problem. However, the efficacy of typical control programs is not well-established.Objective. The efficacy of social mobilization was assessed for its role in public empowerment in the improvement of dengue control measures.Materials and methods. A community trial was conducted in Comuna Norte, a section of the city of Bucaramanga,Santander. Four high-incidence neighborhoods were selected--two received empowerment training and two served as controls. During 1,968 home visits, information was collected concerning knowledge and practices of dengue control, and information was provided concerning dengue and mosquito larval habitats of the vector. At local schools, dengue control information was provided for 2,455 students. The intervention included training of 155 community leaders and tracking of prevention and control activities. Findings were compared between post-intervention and controls by χ2 test, with a significance level of p
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