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Research Article

Schistosomiasis Control in Puerto Rico-The Division of Community Education

Cristóbal S Berry-Cabán*

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University, North Carolina, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Cristóbal S Berry-Cabán
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Campbell University, Buies Creek
North Carolina, USA
Tel: 910-907-8844, 813-451-3004
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Received date: September 04, 2013; Accepted date: November 26, 2013; Published date: November 28, 2013

Citation: Berry-Cabán CS (2013) Schistosomiasis Control in Puerto Rico-The Division of Community Education. J Community Med Health Educ 3:251. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000251

Copyright: © 2013 Berry-Cabán CS. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


In the early 1950’s Puerto Rico began a 14 year program to eliminate schistosomiasis from the island. The Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) was created to bring together rising authors, artists, composers, and filmmakers on the island to produce a series of materials– pamphlets, films, and posters– that educated the people about issues such as health, public safety, democracy, literacy, and civic participation. One such pamphlet published was Bilharzia that in 24 brief pages outlines the history, occurrence, reservoir, susceptibility, treatment, and control measures of schistosomiasis on the island.