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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817563/assessment-of-risk-of-dengue-and-yellow-fever-virus-transmission-in-three-major-kenyan-cities-based-on-stegomyia-indices
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Sheila B Agha, David P Tchouassi, Armanda D S Bastos, Rosemary Sang
Dengue (DEN) and yellow fever (YF) are re-emerging in East Africa, with contributing drivers to this trend being unplanned urbanization and increasingly adaptable anthropophilic Aedes (Stegomyia) vectors. Entomological risk assessment of these diseases remains scarce for much of East Africa and Kenya even in the dengue fever-prone urban coastal areas. Focusing on major urban cities of Kenya, we compared DEN and YF risk in Kilifi County (DEN-outbreak-prone), and Kisumu and Nairobi Counties (no documented DEN outbreaks)...
August 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815343/assessment-of-macrophyte-heavy-metal-and-nutrient-concentrations-in-the-water-of-the-nairobi-river-kenya
#2
Samwel Maina Njuguna, Xue Yan, Robert Wahiti Gituru, Qingfeng Wang, Jun Wang
Nairobi River tributaries are the main source of the Athi River. The Athi River basin is the fourth largest and important drainage system in Kenya covering 650 km and with a drainage area of 70,000 km(2). Its water is used downstream by about four million people not only for irrigation but also for domestic purposes. However, its industrial, raw sewer, and agricultural pollution is alarming. In order to understand distribution and concentration of heavy metals and nutrients in the water of Nairobi River, 28 water samples were collected in the rainy season (October) of 2015 and dry season (June) of 2016...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814618/the-whole-proof-incorporating-evidence-based-medicine-into-clinical-teaching
#3
REVIEW
Nicholas M Potisek, Kenya McNeal-Trice, Michael A Barone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814295/the-effect-of-facility-based-antiretroviral-therapy-programs-on-outpatient-services-in-kenya-and-uganda
#4
Alexandra Wollum, Emily Dansereau, Nancy Fullman, Jane Achan, Kelsey A Bannon, Roy Burstein, Ruben O Conner, Brendan DeCenso, Anne Gasasira, Annie Haakenstad, Michael Hanlon, Gloria Ikilezi, Caroline Kisia, Aubrey J Levine, Samuel H Masters, Pamela Njuguna, Emelda A Okiro, Thomas A Odeny, D Allen Roberts, Emmanuela Gakidou, Herbert C Duber
BACKGROUND: Considerable debate exists concerning the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART) service scale-up on non-HIV services and overall health system performance in sub-Saharan Africa. In this study, we examined whether ART services affected trends in non-ART outpatient department (OPD) visits in Kenya and Uganda. METHODS: Using a nationally representative sample of health facilities in Kenya and Uganda, we estimated the effect of ART programs on OPD visits from 2007 to 2012...
August 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814255/current-evidence-on-the-evaluation-and-management-of-fever-without-a-source-in-infants-aged-0-90-days-a-review
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Joyee G Vachani, Kenya McNeal-Trice, Sowdhamini S Wallace
BACKGROUND: Despite development of risk stratification tools decades ago, the best strategy for evaluation and management of young infants with fever without a clear source remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To describe the variability in current practice and review recently published evidence in three key areas: inflammatory markers as a tool for risk stratification, impact of viral testing, and optimal observation time on antibiotics. METHODS: Articles were identified using PubMed, Scopus, and Cochrane databases and via experts...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813542/the-african-cholera-surveillance-network-africhol-consortium-meeting-10-11-june-2015-lom%C3%A3-togo
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Aline Munier, Berthe-Marie Njanpop-Lafourcade, Delphine Sauvageot, Raymond B Mhlanga, Léonard Heyerdahl, Johara Nadri, Richard Wood, Issaka Ouedraogo, Alexandre Blake, Laurent Akilimali Mukelenge, Jean-Claude B Anné, Abiba Banla Kere, Lucienne Dempouo, Sakoba Keita, José P M Langa, Issa Makumbi, Elibariki R Mwakapeje, Ian J Njeru, Olubunmi E Ojo, Isaac Phiri, Lorenzo Pezzoli, Bradford D Gessner, Martin Mengel
The fifth annual meeting of the African cholera surveillance network (Africhol) took place on 10-11 June 2015 in Lomé, Togo. Together with international partners, representatives from the 11 member countries -Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe- and an invited country (Malawi) shared their experience. The meeting featured three sessions: i) cholera surveillance, prevention and control in participating countries, ii) cholera surveillance methodology, such as cholera mapping, cost-effectiveness studies and the issue of overlapping epidemics from different diseases, iii) cholera laboratory diagnostics tools and capacity building...
2017: BMC Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812457/from-half-dead-to-being-free-resistance-to-hiv-stigma-self-disclosure-and-support-for-pmtct-hiv-care-among-couples-living-with-hiv-in-kenya
#7
Sydney A Spangler, Lisa L Abuogi, Eliud Akama, Elizabeth A Bukusi, Anna Helova, Pamela Musoke, Wafula Z Nalwa, Thomas A Odeny, Maricianah Onono, Iris Wanga, Janet M Turan
In sub-Saharan Africa, self-disclosure of HIV-positive status may be a pivotal action for improving access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission services. However, understanding of HIV stigma and disclosure, and their effects on demand for care remains incomplete - particularly in the current context of new antiretroviral therapy guidelines. The purpose of this study was to explore these issues among self-disclosed couples living in southwest Kenya. We conducted 38 in-depth interviews with HIV-positive pregnant or postpartum women and their male partners...
August 16, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810843/trial-of-labour-or-elective-repeat-caesarean-delivery-are-women-making-an-informed-decision-at-kenyatta-national-hospital
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Phocas Biraboneye S, Omondi Ogutu, Jos van Roosmalen, Samson Wanjala, Kizito Lubano, John Kinuthia
BACKGROUND: Trial of labour is a safe option for most women after one previous caesarean delivery. However, the proportion of women attempting trial of labour after previous caesarean delivery (TOLAC) has been declining in many countries. In addition, women with prior caesarean delivery appear to know little regarding their mode of delivery and healthcare providers' recommendations. The doctors' preferences exert a strong influence on patient's decision whether or not to pursue TOLAC...
August 15, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809935/effectiveness-of-a-brief-behavioural-intervention-on-psychological-distress-among-women-with-a-history-of-gender-based-violence-in-urban-kenya-a-randomised-clinical-trial
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Richard A Bryant, Alison Schafer, Katie S Dawson, Dorothy Anjuri, Caroline Mulili, Lincoln Ndogoni, Phiona Koyiet, Marit Sijbrandij, Jeannette Ulate, Melissa Harper Shehadeh, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Mark van Ommeren
BACKGROUND: Gender-based violence (GBV) represents a major cause of psychological morbidity worldwide, and particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Although there are effective treatments for common mental disorders associated with GBV, they typically require lengthy treatment programs that may limit scaling up in LMICs. The aim of this study was to test the effectiveness of a new 5-session behavioural treatment called Problem Management Plus (PM+) that lay community workers can be taught to deliver...
August 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809770/uptake-of-home-based-syphilis-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-testing-among-male-partners-of-pregnant-women-in-western-kenya
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Jennifer Mark, John Kinuthia, Alison C Roxby, Daisy Krakowiak, Alfred Osoti, Barbra A Richardson, Molly Ann Gone, Victor Asila, Saloni Parikh, Carey Farquhar
BACKGROUND: Few men are tested for syphilis or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during their partner's pregnancy, a high-risk period for HIV and syphilis transmission. Offering home-based rapid testing of syphilis to couples during pregnancy can support prevention efforts to reduce transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and adverse pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: We assessed men's uptake of paired (separate tests, single blood draw) point-of-care syphilis and HIV tests within a randomized controlled trial of pregnant women who received clinic or home partner HIV testing...
September 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808846/age-related-changes-in-morphology-of-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Yukina Hirata, Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Rikuto Shimizu, Yuta Torii, Susumu Nishio, Yoshihito Saijo, Shoichiro Takao, Takeshi Soeki, Masataka Sata
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between age and frequency of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR). We enrolled 145 AF patients, and 199 SR patients for the control group without any cardiovascular disease. LAA volume index (LAAVi) and morphology were assessed by electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. LAA morphology was classified into "chicken wing" or "non-chicken wing" according to the previously described classification...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807627/measles-immunity-gaps-and-the-progress-towards-elimination-a-multi-country-modelling-analysis
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Filippo Trentini, Piero Poletti, Stefano Merler, Alessia Melegaro
BACKGROUND: The persistent circulation of measles in both low-income and high-income countries requires a better characterisation of present epidemiological trends and existing immunity gaps across different sociodemographic settings. Serological surveys, which provide direct measures of population protection against the infection, are underexploited and often supply fragmentary estimates of population immunity. This study aims to investigate how measles immunity has changed over time across different socioeconomic settings, as a result of demographic changes and past immunisation policies...
August 11, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806985/parents-and-teachers-views-on-sexual-health-education-and-screening-for-sexually-transmitted-infections-among-in-school-adolescent-girls-in-kenya-a-qualitative-study
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George Wanje, Linnet Masese, Ethel Avuvika, Anisa Baghazal, Grace Omoni, R Scott McClelland
BACKGROUND: To successfully develop and implement school-based sexual health interventions for adolescent girls, such as screening for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Trichomonas vaginalis, it is important to understand parents' and teachers' attitudes towards sexual health education and acceptability of sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening interventions. METHODS: In this qualitative study, we approached parents and teachers from three high schools to participate in in-depth interviews (IDIs) and focus-group discussions (FGDs)...
August 14, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806952/socio-cultural-contexts-of-end-of-life-conversations-and-decisions-bereaved-family-cancer-caregivers-retrospective-co-constructions
#14
Jennifer Nyawira Githaiga, Leslie Swartz
BACKGROUND: End-of-life communication becomes increasingly difficult in terminal cancer, which inevitably entails conversations around dying and death. In resource-limited areas, the context of end-of-life communication is usually home-based palliative care comprising mostly women in the family who play critical roles as informal caregivers. This article examined the content and contexts of family end-of-life conversations and decisions based on the retrospective accounts of a sample of bereaved women family cancer caregivers in Nairobi, Kenya...
August 14, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805733/first-detection-of-rotavirus-group-c-in-asymptomatic-pigs-of-smallholder-farms-in-east-africa
#15
Joshua Oluoch Amimo, Eunice Magoma Machuka, Edward Okoth
Abstract: Group C rotavirus (RVC) has been described to be a causative agent of gastroenteritis in humans and animals including pigs, cows, and dogs. Fecal samples collected from asymptomatic pigs in smallholder swine farms in Kenya and Uganda were screened for the presence of group C rotaviruses (RVC) using a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assay. A total of 446 samples were tested and 37 were positive (8.3%). A significantly larger (p < 0.05) number of RVC-positive samples was detected in groups of older pigs (5-6 months) than in younger piglets (1-2 months)...
August 14, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803088/treat-the-pain-program
#16
Megan O'Brien, Amanda Schwartz, Laura Plattner
CONTEXT: Globally, low and middle-income countries are home to 70% of cancer deaths and 99% of HIV deaths, but they consume just 7% of opioid analgesics. OBJECTIVE: The American Cancer Society's Treat the Pain program partners with governments in low and middle-income countries to improve access to high-quality essential pain medicines. METHOD: Treat the Pain has developed the MORPHINE Framework to provide a structure to describe challenges to access to pain relief and to group and sequence interventions to address these challenges...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801004/the-palliative-care-journey-in-kenya-and-uganda
#17
Emmanuel S Kamonyo
Palliative care is "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. This update is aimed at examining palliative care development/achievements and challenges in Kenya and Uganda and the role of various actors in palliative care establishment in the region...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799825/progress-toward-elimination-of-perinatal-hiv-transmission-in-kenya-analysis-of-early-infant-diagnosis-data
#18
Dunstan Achwoka, Justin Mandala, Mutugi Muriithi, Yanwu Zeng, Mario Chen, Rebecca Dirks, Martin Sirengo, Rose Wafula, Kwasi Torpey
Interrupting vertical transmission of HIV from mothers to infants provides opportunity to transform the HIV/AIDS epidemic by eliminating new infections among children. We estimate mother-to-child transmission rates of infants born to known HIV-positive mothers offered prevention of mother-to-child transmission interventions and provide an indication of Kenya's progress toward elimination of perinatal transmission. We obtained from the Kenya National Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) database, all 131,451 DNA polymerase chain reaction test results of HIV-exposed infants aged 0-18 months who had dried blood spot samples taken between January 2008 and October 2013...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798272/perspectives-of-screening-eligible-women-and-male-partners-on-benefits-of-and-barriers-to-treatment-for-precancerous-lesions-and-cervical-cancer-in-kenya
#19
Kathleen R Ragan, Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, Judith Lee Smith, Mona Saraiya, Millicent Aketch
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of female cancer mortality in Kenya. Kenya's National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Strategic Plan outlines efforts to reduce the burden; however, treatment services remain limited. This study identified male and female perspectives regarding benefits, facilitators, and barriers to treatment for precancerous lesions and cervical cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten focus groups were conducted in Nairobi and Nyanza in 2014 with females aged 25-49 years (n = 60) and male partners (n = 40)...
August 10, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797022/evaluation-of-the-isoniazid-preventive-therapy-care-cascade-among-hiv-positive-female-sex-workers-in-mombasa-kenya
#20
Sylvia M LaCourse, Ruth W Deya, Susan M Graham, Linnet N Masese, Walter Jaoko, Kischorchandra N Mandaliya, Julie Overbaugh, R Scott McClelland
BACKGROUND: Kenyan female sex workers (FSWs) have a high HIV prevalence, increasing their tuberculosis (TB) risk. Despite recommendations that HIV-positive individuals be offered isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT), uptake has been limited. METHODS: In this longitudinal cohort of HIV-positive FSWs, we retrospectively characterized the IPT care cascade between March 2000 and January 2010, including reasons for cascade loss or appropriate exit. Cascade success required completion of 6 months of IPT...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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