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Journal of Public Health in Africa

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June 23, 2017: Journal of Public Health in Africa
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REVIEW
Elvis E Tarkang, Margaret Kweku, Francis B Zotor
Dissemination of research findings through the publication of one's work or a group of contributors is an important part of the research process, as this allows the passing on of benefits to a much wider community. In whatever evocative form this dissemination may take, the onus lies on the author(s) to ensure adherence to the code of ethics as it pertains to the integrity of the information being put out. We publish because we want our findings to be adapted into practice and application, or in some cases may be relevant to policy makers in decision-making...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748063/field-application-of-the-micro-biological-survey-method-for-the-assessment-of-the-microbiological-safety-of-different-water-sources-in-horn-of-africa-and-the-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-moringa-oleifera-in-drinking-water-purification
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Francesca Losito, Alyexandra Arienzo, Daniela Somma, Lorenza Murgia, Ottavia Stalio, Paolo Zuppi, Elisabetta Rossi, Giovanni Antonini
Water monitoring requires expensive instrumentations and skilled technicians. In developing Countries as Africa, the severe economic restrictions and lack of technology make water safety monitoring approaches applied in developed Countries, still not sustainable. The need to develop new methods that are suitable, affordable, and sustainable in the African context is urgent. The simple, economic and rapid Micro Biological Survey (MBS) method does not require an equipped laboratory nor special instruments and skilled technicians, but it can be very useful for routine water analysis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748062/analysis-on-the-association-among-stunting-wasting-and-underweight-in-malawi-an-application-of-a-log-linear-model-for-the-three-way-table
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Alfred Ngwira, Eddons C S Munthali, Kondwani D Vwalika
Childhood undernutrition is an important public health problem. Many studies have investigated the factors of childhood undernutrition, but not the association between the undernutrition indicators. This study aimed at investigating the association between the childhood undernutrition indicators. A loglinear model of cell counts of a three way table of stunting, wasting, and underweight was fitted based on the 2010 Malawi demographic health survey data. Interaction terms in the model depicted deviations from independence...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748061/host-molecular-factors-and-viral-genotypes-in-the-mother-to-child-hiv-1-transmission-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Linda Chapdeleine M Mouafo, Béatrice Dambaya, Nicole N Ngoufack, Céline N Nkenfou
Maternal viral load and immune status, timing and route of delivery, viral subtype, and host genetics are known to influence the transmission, acquisition and disease progression of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection. This review summarizes the findings from published works on host molecular factors and virus genotypes affecting mother to child transmission (MTCT) in Africa and identifies the gaps that need to be addressed in future research. Articles in PubMed, Google and AIDSearch and relevant conference abstracts publications were searched...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299163/youth-awareness-on-sexually-transmitted-infections-hiv-and-aids-in-secondary-schools-in-the-dschang-municipality-cameroon-the-mobile-caravan-project
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Martin Sanou Sobze, Armand Tsapi Tiotsia, Ghyslaine Bruna Djeunang Dongho, Guy Aurelien Foaleng Tankui, Joseph Fokam, Kien-Atsu Tsi, Jimmy Roger Fotso, Yannick Ngueko Azeufack, Patrick Pete Nkamedjie, Adogaye Ben Bechir Sali, Rodrigue Biguioh Mabvouna, Lucia Ercoli, Vittorio Colizzi, Gianluca Russo
Awareness is a preventive action to instill in individuals certain concepts to improve their health. It is an essential element in the prevention of sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV and early pregnancies among adolescents. In 2012, the prevalence of HIVin Cameroon was estimated at 4.3%. The young population appear to be the most affected (3.2%); very close to that of the Dschang Health District (Cameroon; 3.1%) in the 15-19 years age group. Theaimof this study was to evaluate the contribution of the Mobile Caravan project on the preventive aspect of STI/HIV/AIDS among youths of Dschang in 10 secondary schools within three years...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299162/sero-prevalence-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-amongst-pregnant-women-attending-an-antenatal-clinic-volta-region-ghana
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Arnold Luuse, Sylvester Dassah, Sylvester Lokpo, Louise Ameke, Mark Noagbe, Peter Adatara, Oheneba Hagan, Fred Binka
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a global challenge, although there is currently a safe and effective vaccine available. HBV prevalence in Ghana is not well documented, but vary regionally from 4.8% to 12.3% in the general population, 10.8% to 12.7% in blood donors and about 10.6% in pregnant women. This puts Ghana among the high endemic countries in Africa. The study objective was to determine the sero-prevalence of HBs antigen (Ag) and HBeAg among pregnant women in the Ho municipality. Two hundred and eigh participants (pregnant women), attending Ho Municipal antenatal clinic were enrolled into the study...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299161/healthcare-professionals-awareness-knowledge-attitudes-perceptions-and-beliefs-about-ebola-at-gondar-university-hospital-northwest-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Tamrat Befekadu Abebe, Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula, Yonas Getaye Tefera, Akram Ahmad, Muhammad Umair Khan, Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Brandon Brown, Tadesse Melaku Abegaz
A poor understanding of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) among Health Care Professionals (HCPs) may put our lives at risk. We aimed to assess the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, beliefs of HCPs towards Ebola at Gondar University Hospital (GUH) in Northwest Ethiopia. We conducted a hospital based, cross-sectional survey among 245 randomly selected HCPs working at GUH from August-October, 2015. A validated, self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data. We calculated descriptive statistics with P<0...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299160/factors-influencing-recruitment-and-retention-of-healthcare-workers-in-rural-and-remote-areas-in-developed-and-developing-countries-an-overview
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REVIEW
Gisèle Irène Claudine Mbemba, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Louise Hamelin-Brabant
Shortage of healthcare workers in rural and remote areas remains a growing concern both in developed and developing countries. This review aims to synthesize the significant factors impacting healthcare professionals' recruitment and retention in rural and remote areas, and to identify those relevant for developing countries. This paper included the following steps: exploring scientific literature through predetermined criteria and extracting relevant information by two independents reviewers. The AMSTAR tool was used to assess the methodological quality...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299159/autism-spectrum-disorder-in-a-community-based-sample-with-neurodevelopmental-problems-in-lagos-nigeria
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Yewande O Oshodi, Andrew T Olagunju, Motunrayo A Oyelohunnu, Elizabeth A Campbell, Charles S Umeh, Olatunji F Aina, Wellington Oyibo, Folusho E A Lesi, Joseph D Adeyemi
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a globally prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder for which early diagnosis and intervention is the mainstay of management. In the African continent, limited data is available regarding the non-clinic based samples. Lack of information available to caregivers and inadequate skilled manpower often limit early detection and access to the few available though under resourced services in the community. Community based screening can be an important drive to create awareness and improve information dissemination regarding services available for those living with this disorder...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299158/a-study-on-strategic-planning-and-procurement-of-medicals-in-uganda-s-regional-referral-hospitals
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Ishak Kamaradi Masembe
This study was an analysis of the effect of strategic planning on procurement of medicals in Uganda's regional referral hospitals (RRH's). Medicals were defined as essential medicines, medical devices and medical equipment. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been carrying out strategic planning for the last 15 years via the Health Sector Strategic Plans. Their assumption was that strategic planning would translate to strategic procurement and consequently, availability of medicals in the RRH's. However, despite the existence of these plans, there have been many complaints about expired drugs and shortages in RRH's...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299157/low-coverage-of-hepatitis-b-vaccine-and-determinants-among-health-professionals-working-in-amhara-regional-state-hospitals-ethiopia
#12
Berhanu Elfu Feleke
More than two billion people have been infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), 360 million have chronic infection and 600,000 die each year from HBV-related liver disease or hepatocellular carcinoma. Each year more than 66,000 health professionals are infected by hepatitis b virus and vaccination against hepatitis B saves the life's of these health professionals. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and associated factors of hepatitis B vaccine coverage in a resource limited settings. A cross sectional study design was conducted...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299156/fifty-shades-of-african-lightness-a-bio-psychosocial-review-of-the-global-phenomenon-of-skin-lightening-practices
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REVIEW
Meagan Jacobs, Susan Levine, Kate Abney, Lester Davids
Skin-lightening is an aesthetic practice of global concern. By adopting a biopsycho-social approach, we consider the interplay between the biological, psychological and social factors that underpin the circulation and consumption of skin lighteners in South Africa. This paper reflects on biological aspects of skin lightening, interpersonal relationships, individual beliefs and expectations about the maintenance of health and well being that informs cosmetic practices. The paper seeks to examine claims made by historians (Thomas) and political philosophers and activists (Biko) that colonialism and apartheid in South Africa historically reinforced the use of skin lightening products in the country...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299155/maternal-health-service-disparities-across-incomes-and-implications-on-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-service-coverage-current-context-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Nibretie Gobezie Workneh, Sebastian Kevany
About 69% of people living with HIV globally and over 90% of the children who acquired HIV infection are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, promising results have been observed, especially over the last decade - for example, a 25% decline in new HIV infections as compared to 2001 and a 38% decline in the number of children newly infected by HIV in 2012 as compared to 2009. However, the Global Plan and the Global Fast-Track Commitments of eliminating new HIV infections among children require addressing impediments to service expansion...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239441/quality-and-labeling-information-of-moringa-oleifera-products-marketed-for-hiv-infected-people-in-zimbabwe
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Tsitsi Grace Monera-Penduka, Zvinji Tella Jani, Charles Chiedza Maponga, Josephine Mudzengi, Gene D Morse, Charles Fungai Brian Nhachi
Labeling information and quality of marketed Moringa oleifera products were assessed. Personnel in 60 pharmacies and 11 herbal shops were interviewed about the sources, dosages, indications and counseling information of Moringa oleifera products. Content analysis of written information provided on Moringa oleifera products was also done. Three samples of Moringa from popular sources were acquired to determine heavy metal content and microbial contamination. The results were compared to specified limits in the European and Chinese pharmacopeia, World Health Organization guidelines and Bureau of Indian Standards...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299154/assessment-of-malaria-reporting-and-epidemic-preparedness-systems-in-health-facilities-in-eldoret-west-district-uasin-gishu-county-kenya
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Ruth C Kirinyet, Arthur S Ng'etich, Ahmad Juma
The most important factor in reducing the impact of an epidemic is a timely response with implementation of effective control measures at the point of detection. This study sought to assess the malaria reporting and epidemic preparedness systems of health facilities in Eldoret West District, Kenya. A cross-sectional study design was adapted. A census technique was used to select all the forty five health facilities in the district comprising of government, mission and non-governmental facilities. An interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection and analysis done using Stata...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299153/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-towards-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-and-q-fever-in-laikipia-and-maasai-mara-kenya
#17
David Ndeereh, Gerald Muchemi, Andrew Thaiyah
Many factors contribute to misdiagnosis and underreporting of infectious zoonotic diseases in most sub-Saharan Africa including limited diagnostic capacity and poor knowledge. We assessed the knowledge, practices and attitudes towards spotted fever group rickettsioses (SFGR) and Q fever amongst local residents in Laikipia and Maasai Mara in Kenya. A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to a total of 101 respondents including 51 pastoralists, 17 human health providers, 28 wildlife sector personnel and 5 veterinarians...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299152/ebola-viral-disease-in-west-africa-a-threat-to-global-health-economy-and-political-stability
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Semeeh Akinwale Omoleke, Ibrahim Mohammed, Yauba Saidu
The West African sub-continent is currently experiencing its first, and ironically, the largest and longest Ebola viral diseases (EVD) outbreak ever documented in modern medical history. The current outbreak is significant in several ways, including longevity, magnitude of morbidity and mortality, occurrence outside the traditional niches, rapid spread and potential of becoming a global health tragedy. The authors provided explicit insights into the current and historical background, drivers of the epidemic, societal impacts, status of vaccines and drugs development and proffered recommendations to halt and prevent future occurrences...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299151/is-socio-economic-status-a-determinant-of-hiv-related-stigma-attitudes-in-zimbabwe-findings-from-project-accept
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Kudzanai Mateveke, Basant Singh, Alfred Chingono, E Sibanda, Ian Machingura
HIV related stigma and discrimination is a known barrier for HIV prevention and care. We aimed to assess the relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and HIV related stigma in Zimbabwe. This paper uses data from Project Accept, which examined the impact of community-based voluntary counseling and testing intervention on HIV incidence and stigma. Total of 2522 eligible participants responded to a psychometric assessment tool, which assessed HIV related stigma and discrimination attitudes on 4 point Likert scale...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299150/awareness-and-practice-of-self-breast-examination-among-female-nurses-at-the-federal-teaching-hospital-ido-ekiti-nigeria
#20
Olusegun Emmanuel Gabriel, Oluwaserimi Adewumi Ajetunmobi, Olabode Muftau Shabi, Olaide Toyin Elegbede, Raymond Akujuobi Okere, Olusegun Adesola Busari, Ayokunle Samuel Dada
Breast cancer is the most common female malignancy linked with high levels of morbidity and mortality in developing countries due to delayed diagnosis. This research assessed the knowledge of signs and risk factors of breast cancer and practice of self breast examination (SBE) among female nurses in a rural tertiary Hospital. Eighty-five nurses ages 20 to 60 years were sampled by simple randomization over a period of eight weeks through a self-administered semi-structured questionnaire. The analysis was done using statistical package for social science version 17...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
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