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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215187/experiences-of-ebola-survivors-causes-of-distress-and-sources-of-resilience
#1
Patricia M Schwerdtle, Veronique De Clerck, Virginia Plummer
: Introduction An appreciation of the experience of Ebola survivors is critical for community engagement and an effective outbreak response. Few qualitative, descriptive studies have been conducted to date that concentrate on the voices of Ebola survivors. Problem This study aimed to explore the experiences of Ebola survivors following the West African epidemic of 2014. METHOD: An interpretive, qualitative design was selected using semi-structured interviews as the method of data collection...
February 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207047/maternal-and-newborn-care-practices-in-sierra-leone-a-mixed-methods-study-of-four-underserved-districts
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Alyssa Sharkey, Aisha Yansaneh, Peter Soulaiman Bangura, Augustin Kabano, Eoghan Brady, Fatu Yumkella, Theresa Diaz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187629/review-of-the-genus-i-lanchnophorus-i-hemiptera-heteroptera-rhyparochromidae-with-description-of-three-new-species-and-other-nomenclatural-changes
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Petr Kment, Attilio Carapezza, Zdeněk Jindra, Előd Kondorosy
The generic name Lanchnophorus Reuter, 1887, deemed for a long time to be unavailable as incorrect original spelling of Lachnophorus (in fact Lachnophorus Distant, 1903 is an unjustified emendation of the former), is restored as a valid name of the genus. Lachnesthus Bergroth, 1915, syn. nov. (new name for the preoccupied Lachnophorus Distant, 1903) is considered junior synonym of Lanchnophorus. The following nomenclatural changes are proposed: Lanchnophorus flavus (Scudder, 1971) comb. nov. = Lachnesthus chinai Scudder, nomen nudum; Lanchnophorus guttulatus Reuter, 1887, comb...
January 25, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168989/pediatric-surgical-capacity-in-africa-current-status-and-future-needs
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Asra Toobaie, Sherif Emil, Doruk Ozgediz, Sanjay Krishnaswami, Dan Poenaru
BACKGROUND: African pediatric surgery (PS) faces multiple challenges. Information regarding existing resources is limited. We surveyed African pediatric surgeons to determine available resources and clinical, educational, and collaborative needs. METHODS: Members of the Pan-African Pediatric Surgical Association (PAPSA) and the Global Pediatric Surgery Network (GPSN) completed a structured email survey covering PS providers, facilities, resources, workload, education/training, disease patterns, and collaboration priorities...
January 29, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167603/at-home-with-mastomys-and-rattus-human-rodent-interactions-and-potential-for-primary-transmission-of-lassa-virus-in-domestic-spaces
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Jesse Bonwitt, Almudena Mari Sáez, Joseph Lamin, Rashid Ansumana, Michael Dawson, Jacob Buanie, Joyce Lamin, Diana Sondufu, Matthias Borchert, Foday Sahr, Elisabeth Fichet-Calvet, Hannah Brown
The multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis) is the reservoir for Lassa virus (LASV). Zoonotic transmission occurs when humans are directly or indirectly exposed to fluids of the multimammate mouse, such as urine, saliva, and blood. Housing characteristics and domestic organization affect rodent density in and around households and villages, and are likely to be a risk factor for Lassa fever in humans where the reservoir exists. We use semi-structured interviews (N = 51), a quantitative survey (N = 429), direct observations, and a rodent ecology study to provide new insights into how the organization of domestic spaces brings together humans and rodents and creates pathways for infection in rural settlements in Bo District, Sierra Leone...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166851/a-systematic-review-of-early-modelling-studies-of-ebola-virus-disease-in-west-africa
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Z S Y Wong, C M Bui, A A Chughtai, C R Macintyre
Phenomenological and mechanistic models are widely used to assist resource planning for pandemics and emerging infections. We conducted a systematic review, to compare methods and outputs of published phenomenological and mechanistic modelling studies pertaining to the 2013-2016 Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemics in four West African countries - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. We searched Pubmed, Embase and Scopus databases for relevant English language publications up to December 2015. Of the 874 articles identified, 41 met our inclusion criteria...
February 7, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159028/the-health-impact-of-the-2014-15-ebola-outbreak
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REVIEW
J W T Elston, C Cartwright, P Ndumbi, J Wright
OBJECTIVES: The 2014-15 outbreak in West Africa was the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak recorded; however, there remains uncertainty over its wider health consequences. Our objective was to provide a comprehensive overview of the impact of the Ebola outbreak on population health in the three most affected countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. STUDY DESIGN: Narrative review. METHODS: A narrative overview of the peer-reviewed and grey literature related to the impact and consequences of the Ebola outbreak was conducted, synthesizing the findings of literature retrieved from a structured search of biomedical databases, the Web and references of reviewed articles...
February 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158472/impact-of-the-ebola-outbreak-on-health-systems-and-population-health-in-sierra-leone
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J W T Elston, A J Moosa, F Moses, G Walker, N Dotta, R J Waldman, J Wright
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153011/association-between-caregivers-knowledge-and-care-seeking-behaviour-for-children-with-symptoms-of-pneumonia-in-six-sub-saharan-african-countries
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Aaltje Camielle Noordam, Alyssa B Sharkey, Paddy Hinssen, GeertJan Dinant, Jochen W L Cals
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is the main cause of child mortality world-wide and most of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Treatment with effective antibiotics is crucial to prevent these deaths; nevertheless only 2 out of 5 children with symptoms of pneumonia are taken to an appropriate care provider in SSA. While various factors associated with care seeking have been identified, the relationship between caregivers' knowledge of pneumonia symptoms and actual care seeking for their child with symptoms of pneumonia is not well researched...
February 2, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151955/predicting-ebola-severity-a-clinical-prioritization-score-for-ebola-virus-disease
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Mary-Anne Hartley, Alyssa Young, Anh-Minh Tran, Harry Henry Okoni-Williams, Mohamed Suma, Brooke Mancuso, Ahmed Al-Dikhari, Mohamed Faouzi
BACKGROUND: Despite the notoriety of Ebola virus disease (EVD) as one of the world's most deadly infections, EVD has a wide range of outcomes, where asymptomatic infection may be almost as common as fatality. With increasingly sensitive EVD diagnosis, there is a need for more accurate prognostic tools that objectively stratify clinical severity to better allocate limited resources and identify those most in need of intensive treatment. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This retrospective cohort study analyses the clinical characteristics of 158 EVD(+) patients at the GOAL-Mathaska Ebola Treatment Centre, Sierra Leone...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143549/patients-satisfaction-with-lower-limb-prosthetic-and-orthotic-devices-and-service-delivery-in-sierra-leone-and-malawi
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Lina Magnusson, Gerd Ahlström
BACKGROUND: People with disabilities have the right to personal mobility and available and affordable assistive technology, according to the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The aims were to investigate similarities and differences between Sierra Leone and Malawi concerning participants' mobility and satisfaction with their lower-limb prosthetic or orthotic device and related service delivery, and to identify variables associated with patients' satisfaction with assistive devices and associated services in the entire study group from these two low-income countries...
February 1, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125574/notes-from-the-field-impact-of-increasing-the-number-of-ebola-surveillance-officers-kambia-district-sierra-leone-september-2014-september-2015
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Christopher Sandi, Osman Barrie, Hassan Kanu, Foday Sesay
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 27, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123860/community-event-based-surveillance-for-ebola-virus-disease-in-sierra-leone-implementation-of-a-national-level-system-during-a-crisis
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Erin Stone, Laura Miller, Joseph Jasperse, Grayson Privette, Juan Cruz Diez Beltran, Amara Jambai, John Kpaleyea, Alfred Makavore, Mohamed Foday Kamara, Ruwan Ratnayake
INTRODUCTION:  There are few documented examples of community networks that have used unstructured information to support surveillance during a health emergency. In January 2015, the Ebola Response Consortium rapidly implemented community event-based surveillance for Ebola virus disease at a national scale in Sierra Leone. METHODS: Community event based surveillance uses community health monitors in each community to provide an early warning system of events that are suggestive of Ebola virus disease transmission...
December 7, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122533/offering-general-pediatric-care-during-the-hard-times-of-the-2014-ebola-outbreak-looking-back-at-how-many-came-and-how-well-they-fared-at-a-m%C3%A3-decins-sans-fronti%C3%A3-res-referral-hospital-in-rural-sierra-leone
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Veerle Hermans, Rony Zachariah, Desalegn Woldeyohannes, Gbessay Saffa, Dauda Kamara, Nimer Ortuno-Gutierrez, Walter Kizito, Marcel Manzi, Petra Alders, Jacob Maikere
BACKGROUND: In Bo district, rural Sierra Leone, we assessed the burden of the 2014 Ebola outbreak on under-five consultations at a primary health center and the quality of care for under-15 children at a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) referral hospital. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study, comparing a period before (May-October 2013) and during the same period of the Ebola outbreak (2014). Health worker infections occurred at the outbreak peak (October 2014), resulting in hospital closure due to fear of occupational-risk of contracting Ebola...
January 25, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111475/immunobiology-of-ebola-and-lassa-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Joseph B Prescott, Andrea Marzi, David Safronetz, Shelly J Robertson, Heinz Feldmann, Sonja M Best
Two of the most important contemporary emerging viruses that affect human health in Africa are Ebola virus (EBOV) and Lassa virus (LASV). The 2013-2016 West African outbreak of EBOV was responsible for more than 11,000 deaths, primarily in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. LASV is constantly emerging in these and surrounding West African countries, with an estimate of more than 500,000 cases of Lassa fever, and approximately 5,000 deaths, annually. Both EBOV and LASV are zoonotic, and human infection often results in a severe haemorrhagic fever in both cases...
January 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095476/a-systematic-review-of-ebola-treatment-trials-to-assess-the-extent-to-which-they-adhere-to-ethical-guidelines
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Thomas Richardson, Andrew McDonald Johnston, Heather Draper
BACKGROUND: Objective: To determine to what extent each trial met criteria specified in three research frameworks for ethical trial conduct. Design: Systematic review and narrative analysis. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Data sources: MEDBASE and EMBASE databases were searched using a specific search strategy. The Cochrane database for systematic reviews, the PROSPERO database and trial registries were examined. A grey literature search and citation search were also carried out...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079420/international-nursing-reflections-on-working-in-sierra-leone
#17
Sergeant Julie Jones
Registered Nurse, 4626 (AE) Sqn, RAuxAF, RAF Brize Norton/Nurse Practitioner, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire looks back over her time working in A&E in Sierra Leone.
January 12, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074385/use-of-a-cd-laser-pickup-head-to-fabricate-microelectrodes-in-polymethylmethacrylate-substrates-for-biosensing-applications
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Jehú López-Aparicio, Mathieu Hautefeuille, Sara Herrera-Domínguez, Adriana Razo-de-León, Mariel Cano-Jorge, Ixchetl Rojas-Benito, Mariana Centeno-Sierra, Tatiana Fiordelisio-Coll, Catalina Elizabeth Stern-Forgach
In this work, we report a simple fabrication method for microelectrodes on a polymethylmethacrylate substrate, using a low-cost laser platform based on a CD-DVD unit for direct rapid-prototyping. We used this laser microfabrication technique to etch any desired design on polymethylmethacrylate substrates to produce microchannels with controlled geometry, with a highly repeatable micron-scale resolution. Those shallow microchannels were then filled with a conductive paste of material of our choice that was converted into microelectrodes of desired shapes and geometries after drying...
March 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065195/programming-maternal-and-child-overweight-and-obesity-in-the-context-of-undernutrition-current-evidence-and-key-considerations-for-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Lindsay M Jaacks, Justine Kavle, Abigail Perry, Albertha Nyaku
The goals of the present targeted review on maternal and child overweight and obesity were to: (i) understand the current situation in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) with regard to recent trends and context-specific risk factors; and (ii) building off this, identify entry points for leveraging existing undernutrition programmes to address overweight and obesity in LMIC. Trends reveal that overweight and obesity are a growing problem among women and children in LMIC; as in Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, where the prevalence among urban women is approaching 50 %...
January 9, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061463/prevalence-of-psychological-symptoms-among-ebola-survivors-and-healthcare-workers-during-the-2014-2015-ebola-outbreak-in-sierra-leone-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Dong Ji, Ying-Jie Ji, Xue-Zhang Duan, Wen-Gang Li, Zhi-Qiang Sun, Xue-Ai Song, Yu-Hua Meng, Hong-Mei Tang, Fang Chu, Xiao-Xia Niu, Guo-Feng Chen, Jin Li, Hui-Juan Duan
The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic was considered to be the largest and most complex outbreak, which caused 11,310 reported deaths. The epidemic disease can cause a mental health crisis, however, there is only a small amount of scientific literature available related to this health issue so far. We evaluated the psychological symptoms of 161 participants including Ebola survivors and healthcare workers in Sierra Leone, analyzed the impact of job classification, education level on psychological status. We found that the order of total general severity index (GSI) scores from high to low was EVD survivors, SL medical staff, SL logistic staff, SL medical students, and Chinese medical staff...
January 4, 2017: Oncotarget
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