OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) about worm infestation and deworming among mothers of children
under-5 years of age living in a slum of Islamabad.
STUDY DESIGN: A descriptive cross sectional study.
PLACE AND DURATION: Study was conducted in urban slum of Islamabad from 1st July to 30th September 2013.
METHODOLOGY: After calculation the sample size by using proportion formula, 151 mothers of children below five years of age were
randomly selected for the interview through world Health Organization reliable, validated, pretested tool. Households have child
under 5 years age were included in the study. However, those women's who were not medically fit were excluded from the study.
RESULTS: Knowledge about worms causing illness (0.03) and deworming practice (0.01) of mother's care to their children were
significantly associated with education. There is no significant association with unhygienic feeding cause's worm infection and
occupation of mothers (0.7). Age of the mother and decision power for health care seeking behavior is significantly related (0.01).
Child development is highly significant with worm infestation (0.001) and unhygienic feeding (0.09). Mother's education found
significant association with worm infestation in their child.
CONCLUSION: An inadequate knowledge about worms and deworming practices significantly associated with education of mother.
de-worming, worm infestation, mother's literacy, knowledge.