Effectiveness of a health education program on mothers’ knowledge and practice regarding amebiasis


  • Rawaa Kamel Abd University of Sousse, Faculty of Medicine of Sousse, Department of Community Medicine; Department of Community Health Techniques, Kut Technical Institute, Middle Technical University, Baghdad
  • Sana Rouis Infectious Disease Unit, Department of Medicine, Ibn Al Jazzar University Hospital, Kairouan
  • Khalied Yassen Medical Laboratory Techniques Department, Kut Technical Institute, Middle Technical University
  • Mahdi Boutrif Plastic Surgery Department, Ibn Al Jazzar University Hospital, Kairouan




Amebiasis, entamoeba histolytica, health education, KAP


This study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of a health education program on mothers' knowledge and practices related to amebiasis. Pre‑ and post‑I and II‑tests were used, along with a two‑group quasi‑experimental design. The study included a convenience sample of 120 mothers, including 60 from the study and 60 from the control group. Out of the entire number of PHCs in Wasit Governorate, seven were used for the study. A three‑part structured questionnaire tests mothers' knowledge of the illness and attitudes about it. The results of this study indicated that there is statistically significant difference between the study and control groups during the post‑test I and post‑test II periods (t=14.968, P=.000 and t=13.731, P=.000, respectively). Data from the study group during the pre‑test period of 31.17(9.14) revealed that (70%) of mothers had bad practices connected to Entameba Histolytica among children. According to the post‑test I results, 47.4 (9.48) respondents, or 70%, identified good practices. The main finding showed that, after the educational program was implemented, mothers' knowledge and practice of amebiasis dramatically increased, with pre‑post implementation differences that are statistically significant.

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Abd, R. K., Rouis, S., Yassen , K., & Boutrif , M. (2023). Effectiveness of a health education program on mothers’ knowledge and practice regarding amebiasis. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 14(9). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2666



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