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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911132/the-neglected-diseases-will-a-new-world-order-reverse-global-gains
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Peter J Hotez
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September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911131/addressing-challenges-to-human-health-in-the-anthropocene-epoch-an-overview-of-the-findings-of-the-rockefeller-lancet-commission-on-planetary-health
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Andy Haines
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911130/on-the-ferries-the-unmet-health-care-needs-of-transiting-refugees-in-greece
#3
Clare K Shortall, Rosanna Glazik, Alvin Sornum, Ceri Pritchard
Background: In 2015, over 850 000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants arrived in Greece. In response to an overwhelming need for access to healthcare for them, Doctors of the World established the Refugee Ferry Project, which comprised of a clinic providing primary health care, and integrated mental health and psychosocial support on board a commercial ferry. Methods: Of the 1405 service users, 87.5% (1229/1405) originated from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The majority were women 801/1405 (57%) and children 511/1405 (36%), including 50 pregnant women and 19 unaccompanied minors...
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911129/a-comparative-study-on-the-efficacy-of-praziquantel-and-albendazole-in-the-treatment-of-urinary-schistosomiasis-in-adim-cross-river-state-nigeria
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S A Ben, M F Useh
Background: Praziquantel (PZQ) is the current drug of choice for the treatment of urinary schistosomiasis in endemic areas. It is very efficacious, although the potential for the development of resistance has been reported in some endemic areas among human subjects and in animal studies. Its' limitation include high cost and administration of multiple numbers of tablets. Albendazole (ALB) is used in the treatment of intestinal helminths infection. It is a broad-spectrum single-dose antihelminthic with an excellent cure rate and safety criteria...
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911128/charting-a-path-forward-policy-analysis-of-china-s-evolved-drg-based-hospital-payment-system
#5
Rui Liu, Jianwei Shi, Beilei Yang, Chunlin Jin, Pengfei Sun, Lingfang Wu, Dehua Yu, Linping Xiong, Zhaoxin Wang
Background: At present, the diagnosis-related groups-based prospective payment system (DRG-PPS) that has been implemented in China is merely a prototype called the simplified DRG-PPS, which is known as the 'ceiling price for a single disease'. Given that studies on the effects of a simplified DRG-PPS in China have usually been controversial, we aim to synthesize evidence examining whether DRGs can reduce medical costs and length of stay (LOS) in China. Methods: Data were searched from both Chinese [Wan Fang and China National Knowledge Infrastructure Database (CNKI)] and international databases (Web of Science and PubMed), as well as the official websites of Chinese health departments in the 2004-2016 period...
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911127/nutritional-status-of-children-from-low-income-countries-arriving-in-spain
#6
Moncef Belhassen-García, Virginia Velasco-Tirado, Amparo Lopez-Bernus, Juan Luis Muñoz Bellido, Antonio Muro, Miguel Cordero, Javier Pardo-Lledias
Background: Nutritional problems, anaemia and infectious diseases are the main causes of morbidity and mortality in children and adolescents in tropical and subtropical areas. The main objective of this study was to determine the nutritional status in children from low-income countries who migrated to Spain and the value of the usual biochemistry markers of nutrition in these children, as well as to evaluate the nutritional status associated with imported infectious diseases. Moreover, we evaluated the association between anaemia and nutrition problems...
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911126/diabetes-in-the-cape-coast-metropolis-of-ghana-an-assessment-of-risk-factors-nutritional-practices-and-lifestyle-changes
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Worlanyo E Gato, Samuel Acquah, Bettye A Apenteng, Samuel T Opoku, Blessed K Boakye
Background: Despite the significant increase in the incidence of diabetes in Ghana, research in this area has been lagging. The purpose of the study was to assess the risk factors associated with diabetes in the Cape Coast metropolis of Ghana, and to describe nutritional practices and efforts toward lifestyle change. Methods: A convenient sample of 482 adults from the Cape Coast metropolis was surveyed using a self-reported questionnaire. The survey collected information on the demographic, socioeconomic characteristics, health status and routine nutritional practices of respondents...
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911125/differences-in-survival-among-adults-with-hiv-associated-kaposi-s-sarcoma-during-routine-hiv-treatment-initiation-in-zomba-district-malawi-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
#8
Emmanuel Singogo, Thomas J Keegan, Peter J Diggle, Monique van Lettow, Alfred Matengeni, Joep J van Oosterhout, Sumeet Sodhi, Martias Joshua, Benjamin M Taylor
Background: The HIV epidemic is a major public health concern throughout Africa. Malawi is one of the worst affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a 2014 national HIV prevalence currently estimated at 10% (9.3-10.8%) by UNAIDS. Study reports, largely in the African setting comparing outcomes in HIV patients with and without Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) indicate poor prognosis and poor health outcomes amongst HIV+KS patients. Understanding the mortality risk in this patient group could help improve patient management and care...
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911124/assessment-of-quality-of-antiretroviral-therapy-services-in-india-2014-2015
#9
Bharat Bhushan Rewari, Reshu Agarwal, Ramesh Reddy Allam, Nalini Chava, A S Rathore
Background: Following a decade of provision of free antiretroviral therapy (ART) in India, a nationwide assessment of ART services was conducted to review quality of care at ART centers. This paper presents the methods and defines replicable model of undertaking large scale assessments. Methods: During the period January 2014-March 2015, 357 ART centers were reviewed under four domains, namely, operations, technical, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and logistics...
September 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810670/journey-towards-universal-viral-load-monitoring-in-maputo-mozambique-many-gaps-but-encouraging-signs
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Sarah Swannet, Tom Decroo, Sheila M T L de Castro, Caroline Rose, Ruggero Giuliani, Lucas Molfino, Ana W Torrens, Walter S E D Macueia, Sharon Perry, Tony Reid
Introduction: Viral load (VL) monitoring for people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is extremely challenging in resource-limited settings. We assessed the VL testing scale-up in six Médecins Sans Frontières supported health centres in Maputo, Mozambique, during 2014-15. Methods: In a retrospective cohort study, routine programme data were used to describe VL testing uptake and results, and multi-variate logistical regression to estimate predictors of VL testing uptake and suppression...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810669/hiv-status-disclosure-facility-based-delivery-and-postpartum-retention-of-mothers-in-a-prevention-clinical-trial-in-rural-nigeria
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Kidane A Sarko, Meridith Blevins, Aimalohi A Ahonkhai, Carolyn M Audet, Troy D Moon, Usman I Gebi, Ahmed M Gana, C William Wester, Sten H Vermund, Muktar H Aliyu
Background: Within the context of a cluster randomized prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) trial, we evaluated the impact of disclosure on selected PMTCT continuum of care measures. Methods: In 12 rural matched-pair clinics randomly assigned to an intervention package versus standard-of-care, we enrolled 372 HIV-infected pregnant women from April 2013 to March 2014. This secondary analysis included 327 (87.9%) women with unknown HIV status or who were treatment naïve at presentation to antenatal care...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810668/mass-drug-administration-in-central-equatoria-south-sudan-results-and-suggestions-for-future-distributions
#12
Giuseppina Ortu, Jamshed Khan, Makoy Samuel Yibi, Ismail Abdu Nimaya
Background: South Sudan has rolled out a neglected tropical disease programme, which envisaged deworming campaigns in states endemic for soil transmitted helminth infections and schistosomiasis. Methods: In 2016, two deworming campaigns targeting school-age children were performed in Central Equatoria. Distribution sites were set up in primary schools, Boma Health Initiative headquarters, health centres and markets. Training, radio adverts and community meetings were performed before the campaigns...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810667/understanding-data-sources-to-measure-patient-retention-in-hiv-care-in-sub-saharan-africa
#13
Kate Clouse, Tamsin Phillips, Landon Myer
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs in sub-Saharan Africa are moving towards universal treatment, yet the success of these programs is threatened by gaps within the continuum of HIV care. In this commentary, we seek to draw attention to the advantages and limitations of different data sources currently used for measuring retention in HIV care. Within the context of a piecemeal combination of imperfect data sources, selecting a gold standard of collecting retention data is difficult. Currently, our data systems for measuring retention provide an incomplete picture of the health of our national ART systems and, thus, the health of our patients...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810666/monitoring-and-discharging-children-being-treated-for-severe-acute-malnutrition-using-mid-upper-arm-circumference-secondary-data-analysis-from-rural-gambia
#14
Alice Burrell, Marko Kerac, Helen Nabwera
Background: Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a major public health problem. Mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) is widely used to admit children to treatment programmes. However, insufficient data supporting MUAC discharge criterion limits its use as a stand-alone tool. Our aim was to evaluate MUAC for monitoring nutritional recovery and discharge. Methods: This was a secondary analysis of clinical data from children 6-59 months-old treated for SAM from January 2003 to December 2013 at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit in rural Gambia...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810665/determinants-of-full-vaccination-status-in-children-aged-12-23-months-in-gur%C3%A3-%C3%A3-and-milange-districts-mozambique-results-of-a-population-based-cross-sectional-survey
#15
Shellese A Shemwell, Meridith B Peratikos, Lázaro González-Calvo, Montse Renom-Llonch, Alexandre Boon, Samuel Martinho, Charlotte B Cherry, Ann F Green, Troy D Moon
Background: In 2011, 64% of children in Mozambique, ages 12-23 months, were fully immunized. Large provincial differences in vaccine uptake exist. Methods: We conducted a survey of 1650 females with children aged 12-23 months in the districts of Gurùé and Milange. Implementation occurred from November to December 2014. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression using R-software 3.0.2 were used to examine factors associated with full vaccination status. ArcGIS version 10...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541518/mapping-healthcare-systems-a-policy-relevant-analytic-tool
#16
Neelam Sekhri Feachem, Ariana Afshar, Cristina Pruett, Anton L V Avanceña
Background: In the past decade, an international consensus on the value of well-functioning systems has driven considerable health systems research. This research falls into two broad categories. The first provides conceptual frameworks that take complex healthcare systems and create simplified constructs of interactions and functions. The second focuses on granular inputs and outputs. This paper presents a novel translational mapping tool - the University of California, San Francisco mapping tool (the Tool) - which bridges the gap between these two areas of research, creating a platform for multi-country comparative analysis...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407112/collaborating-to-develop-joint-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash-and-neglected-tropical-disease-ntd-sector-monitoring-an-expert-consultation
#17
Robyn C Waite, Geordie Woods, Yael Velleman, Matthew C Freeman
Background: Joint monitoring between the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors presents an opportunity for enhanced collaboration and progress towards shared objectives. Taking forward outputs from global WASH and NTD Roundtables, we engaged experts in a consultative process of identifying measurable priority indicators for joint monitoring. Methods: We used a Delphi method for conducting expert consultation and developing consensus...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582563/participant-centred-active-surveillance-of-adverse-events-following-immunisation-a-narrative-review
#18
Patrick Cashman, Kristine Macartney, Gulam Khandaker, Catherine King, Michael Gold, David N Durrheim
The importance of active, participant-centred monitoring of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) is increasingly recognised as a valuable adjunct to traditional passive AEFI surveillance. The databases OVID Medline and OVID Embase were searched to identify all published articles referring to AEFI. Only studies which sought participant response after vaccination were included. A total of 6060 articles published since the year 2000 were identified. After the application of screening inclusion and exclusion criteria, 25 articles describing 23 post-marketing AEFI systems were identified...
May 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582562/adaptation-of-a-malaria-surveillance-system-for-use-in-a-visceral-leishmaniasis-elimination-programme
#19
Geraldine M Foster, Sophie Dunkley, Rinki M Deb, Edward Thomsen, Marlize Coleman, A C Dhariwal, R K Das Gupta, Sridhar Srikantiah, Pradeep Das, Michael Coleman
Background: Successful public practice relies on generation and use of high-quality data. A data surveillance system (the Disease Data Management System [DDMS]) in use for malaria was adapted for use in the Indian visceral leishmaniasis elimination programme. Methods: A situational analysis identified the data flows in current use. Taxonomic trees for the vector of visceral leishmaniasis in India, Phlebotomus argentipes, were incorporated into the DDMS to allow entry of quality assurance and insecticide susceptibility data...
May 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582561/global-and-national-laboratory-networks-support-high-quality-surveillance-for-measles-and-rubella
#20
Wenbo Xu, Yan Zhang, Huiling Wang, Zhen Zhu, Naiying Mao, Mick N Mulders, Paul A Rota
Laboratory networks are an essential component of disease surveillance systems because they provide accurate and timely confirmation of infection. WHO coordinates global laboratory surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, including measles and rubella. The more than 700 laboratories within the WHO Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network (GMRLN) supports surveillance for measles, rubella and congenial rubella syndrome in 191 counties. This paper describes the overall structure and function of the GMRLN and highlights the largest of the national laboratory networks, the China Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network...
May 1, 2017: International Health
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