About Community Hygiene Concern
Community Hygiene Concern (CHC) is a not-for-profit charity set up in 1988 to protect people, especially children, and pets, from parasites commonly found in the UK.
We formulate and resource sustainable control and eradication strategies based on sound science. Our work draws together the expertise of all parties with a practical contribution to make to the evidence/experience base.
Originally we addressed pediculosis (infestation with lice) scabies, pesticides for topical use, enterobiasis (threadworm infection) toxocariasis and toxoplasmosis. The life-cycle of both 'toxos' involves household pets, dogs and cats in the case of toxocariasis, and cats only for toxoplasmosis.
Our current work centres on development of the Bug Busting solution to head lice and nits. Head lice produce symptoms of minor medical consequence, but cause enormous distress. Anyone with hair can catch head lice, but children are the most vulnerable. Both lice and the vendors of 'quick fix' products thrive in a society deskilled in rational thinking about personal parasites. CHC's
Bug Busting programme converts anxiety into proactive prevention.
The work of CHC was part-funded by the UK Department of Health from 1990 to 2006, with specific funding from 1995 combined with ongoing support for the Bug Busting programme.
The King's Fund grant-funded our work from 1990 to 1999.
We won one of the first ten Smith Kline Beecham IMPACT awards for excellence in community health in 1998.
The UK National Lottery Charity (Community Fund) supported our Bug Busting Community Involvement project and funded an independent clinical trial of our Bug Buster Kit run by The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Hygiene is the science and practice of maintaining health.