Volume 82, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



neurocysticercosis is a major cause of adult-onset epilepsy in developing countries. A questionnaire was administered to 282 Kenyan farmers, followed by a workshop, a second questionnaire, one-on-one training, and a third questionnaire. People who attended workshops were more likely to know how causes epilepsy in humans in the third visit than the second ( = 0.001). The likelihood that farmers would tether their pigs 100% of the time, limiting exposure to tapeworm eggs, increased after the first ( < 0.001) and second visits ( < 0.001). Farmers were more likely to have heard of in the second ( = 0.001) and third visits ( = 0.007), and to know how pigs acquire infection in the second ( = 0.03) and third visits ( = 0.003). Farmers with at least a grade 8 education were more likely to know how is transmitted to humans in the second ( = 0.001) and third visits ( = 0.009), and were more likely to understand the relationship between epilepsy and in the second ( = 0.03) and third visits ( = 0.03). Grade 8 education may enhance learning from written material. Workshops followed by individual on-farm training enhanced knowledge acquisition and behavior changes. Training local government extension workers contributed to the sustainability of this project.


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  • Received : 16 Jul 2009
  • Accepted : 09 Jan 2010
  • Published online : 05 Apr 2010

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