keyword
MENU ▼
Read by QxMD icon Read
search

Ghana

keyword
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086941/diversity-in-breeding-sites-and-distribution-of-anopheles-mosquitoes-in-selected-urban-areas-of-southern-ghana
#1
Precious A Dzorgbe Mattah, Godfred Futagbi, Leonard K Amekudzi, Memuna M Mattah, Dziedzorm K de Souza, Worlasi D Kartey-Attipoe, Langbong Bimi, Michael D Wilson
BACKGROUND: Anopheles vectors of malaria are supposedly less common in urban areas as a result of pollution, but there is increasing evidence of their adaptation to organically polluted water bodies. This study characterized the breeding habitats of Anopheles mosquitoes in the two major urban areas in southern Ghana; Accra (AMA) and Sekondi-Takoradi (STMA) Metropolitan Areas, during dry and wet seasons. METHODS: Anopheles mosquito larvae were sampled using standard dipping methods to determine larval densities...
January 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073934/the-influence-of-customer-medicine-seller-transactional-dynamics-on-childhood-diarrhoea-management-a-qualitative-study-in-ghana
#2
Lauren Rosapep, Emily Sanders, Kathryn Banke
In 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) jointly revised the recommended treatment for acute paediatric diarrhoea to specify supplementing reduced osmolarity oral rehydration salts (ORS) with zinc. In many countries, however, a significant knowledge-practice gap persists in appropriate diarrhoea management among private healthcare providers. For example, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project recently demonstrated that over-the-counter medicine sellers (MS) in Ghana recommended inappropriate diarrhoea treatments, despite their demonstrated knowledge of appropriate treatment protocols...
January 10, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072863/a-single-dose-oral-azithromycin-versus-intramuscular-benzathine-penicillin-for-the-treatment-of-yaws-a-randomized-non-inferiority-trial-in-ghana
#3
Cynthia Kwakye-Maclean, Nsiire Agana, John Gyapong, Priscilia Nortey, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Esther Aryee, Kingsley Asiedu, Roland Ballard, Fred Binka
BACKGROUND: Yaws is a treponemal infection that was almost eradicated fifty years ago; however, the disease has re-emerged in a number of countries including Ghana. A single-dose of intramuscular benzathine penicillin has been the mainstay of treatment for yaws. However, intramuscular injections are painful and pose safety and logistical constraints in the poor areas where yaws occurs. A single center randomized control trial (RCT) carried out in Papua New Guinea in 2012 demonstrated the efficacy of a single-dose of oral azithromycin for the treatment of yaws...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070324/glycemic-index-of-some-local-staples-in-ghana
#4
Divine Eli-Cophie, Jacob K Agbenorhevi, Reginald A Annan
Glycemic index (GI), a measure of blood glucose level as influenced by foods has become a concern due to the increasing cases of diabetes in Ghana. In spite of this, little is known of the GI of commonly consumed carbohydrate-rich foods of the Ghanaian diet. The GI of five Ghanaian staples: fufu (locally pounded), kenkey (Ga), banku, Tuo Zaafi (TZ), and fufu (Processed powder) were determined in a crossover trial among 10 healthy nondiabetics. Participants were given 50 g portions of pure glucose on two different occasions and subsequently the test foods containing 50 g available carbohydrates...
January 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065392/mapping-the-process-of-emergency-care-at-a-teaching-hospital-in-ghana
#5
Emily Aaronson, Elizabeth Mort, Samara Soghoian
Emergency Department (ED) overcrowding has become a global concern as the number of countries with formalized emergency care systems has expanded, and the burden of trauma and non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income countries increased. In light of this, the international Emergency Medicine literature has outlined the need for operational projects in low and middle income countries which focus on the process of care. Despite this, there is limited published literature describing these types of projects...
January 3, 2017: Healthcare
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
#6
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/28065186/differential-effects-of-dietary-diversity-and-maternal-characteristics-on-linear-growth-of-children-aged-6-59-months-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-multi-country-analysis
#7
Dickson A Amugsi, Zacharie T Dimbuene, Elizabeth W Kimani-Murage, Blessing Mberu, Alex C Ezeh
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the differential effects of dietary diversity (DD) and maternal characteristics on child linear growth at different points of the conditional distribution of height-for-age Z-score (HAZ) in sub-Saharan Africa. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of data from nationally representative cross-sectional samples of singleton children aged 0-59 months, born to mothers aged 15-49 years. The outcome variable was child HAZ. Quantile regression was used to perform the multivariate analysis...
January 9, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061905/epidemiology-of-mansonella-perstans-in-the-middle-belt-of-ghana
#8
Linda Batsa Debrah, Norman Nausch, Vera Serwaa Opoku, Wellington Owusu, Yusif Mubarik, Daniel Antwi Berko, Samuel Wanji, Laura E Layland, Achim Hoerauf, Marc Jacobsen, Alexander Yaw Debrah, Richard O Phillips
BACKGROUND: Mansonellosis was first reported in Ghana by Awadzi in the 1990s. Co-infections of Mansonella perstans have also been reported in a small cohort of patients with Buruli ulcer and their contacts. However, no study has assessed the exact prevalence of the disease in a larger study population. This study therefore aimed to find out the prevalence of M. perstans infection in some districts in Ghana and to determine the diversity of Culicoides that could be potential vectors for transmission...
January 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061850/food-safety-knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-of-institutional-food-handlers-in-ghana
#9
Fortune Akabanda, Eli Hope Hlortsi, James Owusu-Kwarteng
BACKGROUND: In large scale cooking, food is handled by many individuals, thereby increasing the chances of food contamination due to improper handling. Deliberate or accidental contamination of food during large scale production might endanger the health of consumers, and have very expensive repercussions on a country. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the food safety knowledge, attitudes, and practices among institutional food- handlers in Ghana. METHODS: The study was conducted using a descriptive, cross-sectional survey of 29 institutions by conducting face to face interview and administration of questionnaire to two hundred and thirty-five (235) institutional food-handlers...
January 6, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060966/health-needs-assessment-for-west-african-immigrants-in-greater-providence-ri
#10
Akosua Boadiwaa Adu-Boahene, Michael Barton Laws, Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie
: African immigrants in the United States may experience barriers to health-care access and effectiveness. This mixed-methods study used paper-based surveys of people (N=101) in the target population from Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia, recruited through convenience and snowball sampling. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 3 clergy members who pastor churches with large Nigerian, Ghanaian, and Liberian populations, respectively; and five physicians and a clinical pharmacist who serve African immigrants...
January 6, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057071/parasitic-infections-and-maternal-anaemia-among-expectant-mothers-in-the-dangme-east-district-of-ghana
#11
Samuel Crowther Kofi Tay, Emmanuel Agbeko Nani, Williams Walana
BACKGROUND: Parasitic infections are of public health concern globally, particular among at risk groups such as pregnant women in developing countries. The presence of these parasites during pregnancy potentiate adverse effects to both the mother and the unborn baby. This study sought to establish the prevalence of some parasitic agents among antenatal attendees in the Dangme East District of Ghana. A cross-sectional prospective study was conduct between April and July, 2012. Venous blood specimens were collected from each participant for haemoglobin estimation and malaria microscopy...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056021/comparison-of-doxycycline-minocycline-doxycycline-plus-albendazole-and-albendazole-alone-in-their-efficacy-against-onchocerciasis-in-a-randomized-open-label-pilot-trial
#12
Ute Klarmann-Schulz, Sabine Specht, Alexander Yaw Debrah, Linda Batsa, Nana Kwame Ayisi-Boateng, Jubin Osei-Mensah, Yusif Mubarik, Peter Konadu, Arcangelo Ricchiuto, Rolf Fimmers, Sandra Arriens, Bettina Dubben, Louise Ford, Mark Taylor, Achim Hoerauf
: The search for new macrofilaricidal drugs against onchocerciasis that can be administered in shorter regimens than required for doxycycline (DOX, 200mg/d given for 4-6 weeks), identified minocycline (MIN) with superior efficacy to DOX. Further reduction in the treatment regimen may be achieved with co-administration with standard anti-filarial drugs. Therefore a randomized, open-label, pilot trial was carried out in an area in Ghana endemic for onchocerciasis, comprising 5 different regimens: the standard regimen DOX 200mg/d for 4 weeks (DOX 4w, N = 33), the experimental regimens MIN 200mg/d for 3 weeks (MIN 3w; N = 30), DOX 200mg/d for 3 weeks plus albendazole (ALB) 800mg/d for 3 days (DOX 3w + ALB 3d, N = 32), DOX 200mg/d for 3 weeks (DOX 3w, N = 31) and ALB 800mg for 3 days (ALB 3d, N = 30)...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054217/the-role-of-the-penteco-charismatic-clergy-in-the-political-health-development-in-ghana
#13
Moses Kumi Asamoah
Several countries in Africa are perpetually linked to an inexpungable history of cyclical ethnic conflicts, violence and coup d'état which culminated in the untimely death of many, others severely wounded and many left in a hopeless situation. The paper discusses in-depth, the role and functions of the clergy (ministers of religion) in the political health development in Ghana. The rationale is that the clergy's esteemed status among the church members and the society as a whole could impact positively on the lives of the people in the society, and for that matter, they are expected to speak to national issues...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053899/unconventional-medical-practices-among-ghanaian-students-a-university-based-survey
#14
Razak Mohammed Gyasi, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Charlotte Monica Mensah, Francis Arthur, Roselyn Torkornoo, Padmore Adusei Amoah
Research on unconventional medical practices among students has proliferated lately in the global space, hitherto, little is known explicitly in Ghana. This paper teases out insights for recent utilisation patterns of traditional medical therapies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. A sample of 754, randomly selected undergraduates were involved in a retrospective cross-sectional survey. Data were analysed using multivariate logistic regression and Pearson's χ(2) test with p < 0...
January 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049477/the-effect-of-small-solar-powered-b%C3%AD-k%C3%AD-%C3%AD-net-fans-on-mosquito-net-use-results-from-a-randomized-controlled-cross-over-trial-in-southern-ghana
#15
Olivier J T Briët, Joshua O Yukich, Constanze Pfeiffer, William Miller, Mulako S Jaeger, Nitin Khanna, Samuel Oppong, Peter Nardini, Collins K Ahorlu, Joseph Keating
BACKGROUND: Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are ineffective malaria transmission prevention tools if they are unused. Discomfort due to heat is the most commonly reported reason for not using nets, but this problem is largely unaddressed. With increasing rural electrification and the dropping price of solar power, fans could improve comfort inside nets and be affordable to populations in malaria endemic areas. Here, results are presented from a pilot randomized controlled cross-over study testing the effect of fans on LLIN use...
January 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049471/reported-bed-net-ownership-and-use-in-social-contacts-is-associated-with-uptake-of-bed-nets-for-malaria-prevention-in-pregnant-women-in-ghana
#16
Kacey C Ernst, Steven Erly, Charity Adusei, Melanie L Bell, David Komla Kessie, Alberta Biritwum-Nyarko, John Ehiri
BACKGROUND: Despite progress made in the last decades, malaria persists as a pressing health issue in sub-Saharan Africa. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to infection and serious health outcomes for themselves and their unborn child. Risk can be mitigated through appropriate use of control measures such as insecticide-treated bed nets. Although social networks can influence uptake of preventive strategies, the role of social influence on bed net ownership has not been explored...
January 4, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043631/the-first-population-structure-and-comparative-genomics-analysis-of-mycobacterium-africanum-strains-from-ghana-reveals-higher-diversity-of-lineage-5
#17
Isaac D Otchere, Simon R Harris, Sanches L Busso, Adwoa Asante-Poku, Stephen Osei-Wusu, Kwadwo Koram, Julian Parkhill, Sebastien Gagneux, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium africanum (MAF) remains an important TB causing pathogen in West Africa; however, little is known about its population structure and actual diversity which may have implications for diagnostics and vaccines. We carried out comparative genomics analysis of candidate Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and MAF using whole genome sequencing. METHODS: Clinical MTB complex strains (n=187) comprising L4 (n=22), L5 (n=126), and L6 (n=39) isolated over 8years from Ghana were whole genome sequenced...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040485/ecological-characteristics-of-simulium-breeding-sites-in-west-africa
#18
Robert A Cheke, Stephen Young, Rolf Garms
Twenty-nine taxa of Simulium were identified amongst 527 collections of larvae and pupae from untreated rivers and streams in Liberia (362 collections in 1967-71 & 1989), Togo (125 in 1979-81), Benin (35 in 1979-81) and Ghana (5 in 1980-81). Presence or absence of associations between different taxa were used to group them into six clusters using Ward agglomerative hierarchical cluster analysis. Environmental data associated with the pre-imaginal habitats were then analysed in relation to the six clusters by one way ANOVA...
December 28, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035609/high-levels-of-mercury-in-wetland-resources-from-three-river-basins-in-ghana-a-concern-for-public-health
#19
Francis Gbogbo, Samuel D Otoo, Robert Quaye Huago, Obed Asomaning
Crustaceans, mollusks, and fish are wetland resources that constitute an important source of protein and foreign exchange for the Ghanaian population, and many species of these are sold in the open market and restaurants, yet studies on their heavy metal contents are generally scarce. This paper evaluates the levels of mercury in five species of crustaceans, two species of mollusks, and ten species of fish inhabiting three river basins with different catchment activities in Ghana. These include the Ankobra Basin, characterized with mining and agriculture, Densu Basin, associated with urban waste discharges and agriculture, and Lower Volta River Basin, associated with agricultural activities...
December 29, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033343/former-buruli-ulcer-patients-experiences-and-wishes-may-serve-as-a-guide-to-further-improve-buruli-ulcer-management
#20
Anita Velink, Rebecca J Woolley, Richard O Phillips, Kabiru M Abass, Tjip S van der Werf, Emmanuel Agumah, Janine de Zeeuw, Sandor Klis, Ymkje Stienstra
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU), caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is a neglected tropical disease frequently leading to permanent disabilities. The ulcers are treated with rifampicin and streptomycin, wound care and, if necessary surgical intervention. Professionals have exclusively shaped the research agenda concerning management and control, while patients' perspective on priorities and preferences have not explicitly been explored or addressed. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: To get insight into patient perception of the management and control of Buruli ulcer a mixed methods research design was applied with a questionnaire and focus group discussions among former BU patients...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
keyword
keyword
20578
1
2
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"