Tiffany Kim

Document Type

Honors Thesis


The purpose of this project is to assess if there is a knowledge barrier concerning hand hygiene and the contraction of parasitic worms in the northern districts of Belize. In countries around the world, hygiene maintenance is an issue. This issue is complicated by factors such as deficient knowledge, poor implementation of hand hygiene, and minimal access to clean water or soap. This lack of consistent hand hygiene practice often leads to higher infection rates. The most prominent infection observed in communities of Belize is of parasitic worms. Hand hygiene and its effect upon infection rates by parasitic worms requires further investigation. In this service learning project, an educational intervention was implemented in an international population that is highly impacted by poor hygiene practices and high infection rates by parasitic worms. I applied the nursing principles of patient education and applied it to four communities in northern Belize.

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