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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506226/institutional-delivery-service-utilization-and-associated-factors-among-women-of-reproductive-age-in-the-mobile-pastoral-community-of-the-liban-district-in-guji-zone-oromia-southern-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Wako Golicha Wako, Dejene Hailu Kassa
BACKGROUND: Globally, an estimated 289,000 maternal deaths occurred in 2013. Majority of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Mobility of pastoralists is a well-recognized survival strategy in arid and semi-arid land of sub-Saharan Africa. However governments often encourage settlement as a solution to the difficulty of providing health services for mobile pastoralists. This study aimed to assess utilization of institutional delivery and associated factors among women of reproductive age in the mobile pastoral community of the Liban District in Guji zone, Oromia, Ethiopia...
May 15, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485220/menstrual-hygiene-management-among-adolescent-girls-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Derrick Ssewanyana, Byron Kiiza Yafesi Bitanihirwe
Menstruation is a delicate physiological process through which a shedding of uterine lining occurs each month in females of reproductive age. Often considered a taboo subject, menstruation is seldom openly discussed in developing parts of the world. This article explores menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in sub-Saharan Africa and emphasizes the urgent and neglected need for feasible solutions, especially among adolescent girls. Optimizing menstrual hygiene interventions will require an integration of both knowledge and skill training gained through education on MHM alongside an improvement of access to girl-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in addition to access to low-cost hygienic sanitary products...
May 1, 2017: Global Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367971/a-paper-based-test-for-screening-newborns-for-sickle-cell-disease
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Nathaniel Z Piety, Alex George, Sonia Serrano, Maria R Lanzi, Palka R Patel, Maria P Noli, Silvina Kahan, Damian Nirenberg, João F Camanda, Gladstone Airewele, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
The high cost, complexity and reliance on electricity, specialized equipment and supplies associated with conventional diagnostic methods limit the scope and sustainability of newborn screening for sickle cell disease (SCD) in sub-Saharan Africa and other resource-limited areas worldwide. Here we describe the development of a simple, low-cost, rapid, equipment- and electricity-free paper-based test capable of detecting sickle hemoglobin (HbS) in newborn blood samples with a limit of detection of 2% HbS. We validated this newborn paper-based test in a cohort of 159 newborns at an obstetric hospital in Cabinda, Angola...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334856/evaluating-the-effects-of-organizational-and-educational-interventions-on-adherence-to-clinical-practice-guidelines-in-a-low-resource-primary-care-setting-in-kenya
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Joseph R Egger, Kayla Stankevitz, Robert Korom, Philip Angwenyi, Brittney Sullivan, Jun Wang, Sonia Hatfield, Emma Smith, Karishma Popli, Jessica Gross
Background: Mid-level care providers serve as the backbone of primary care in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, research suggests that the quality and consistency of this care is uneven. This study assessed the degree to which a set of four simple, low-cost interventions could improve adherence to a set of clinical quality measures (CQMs) associated with four common health conditions seen in a resource-constrained primary care setting. Methods: A quasi-experimental, longitudinal study was carried out in three primary care clinics in Nairobi, Kenya from August 2014 to January, 2015...
March 15, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328545/economic-costs-and-health-related-quality-of-life-outcomes-of-hiv-treatment-following-self-and-facility-based-hiv-testing-in-a-cluster-randomised-trial
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Hendramoorthy Maheswaran, Stavros Petrou, Peter MacPherson, Felistas Kumwenda, David G Lalloo, Elizabeth L Corbett, Aileen Clarke
BACKGROUND: HIV self-testing (HIVST) is recommended in Africa, but little is known about how this approach influences economic outcomes following subsequent antiretroviral treatment (ART) compared to facility-based HIV testing and counselling (HTC). METHODS: HIV-positive participants attending HIV clinics, diagnosed by HIVST or facility-based HTC as part of a community cluster-randomised trial (ISRCTN02004005), were followed from initial assessment for ART until one-year postinitiation...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327143/the-imperative-for-systems-thinking-to-promote-access-to-medicines-efficient-delivery-and-cost-effectiveness-when-implementing-health-financing-reforms-a-qualitative-study
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Tom Achoki, Abaleng Lesego
BACKGROUND: Health systems across Africa are faced with a multitude of competing priorities amidst pressing resource constraints. Expansion of health insurance coverage offers promise in the quest for sustainable healthcare financing for many of the health systems in the region. However, the broader policy implications of expanding health insurance coverage have not been fully investigated and contextualized to many African health systems. METHODS: We interviewed 37 key informants drawn from public, private and civil society organizations involved in health service delivery in Botswana...
March 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320384/diagnostic-accuracy-incremental-yield-and-prognostic-value-of-determine-tb-lam-for-routine-diagnostic-testing-for-tuberculosis-in-hiv-infected-patients-requiring-acute-hospital-admission-in-south-africa-a-prospective-cohort
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Stephen D Lawn, Andrew D Kerkhoff, Rosie Burton, Charlotte Schutz, Andrew Boulle, Monica Vogt, Ankur Gupta-Wright, Mark P Nicol, Graeme Meintjes
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that one-third of HIV-positive adults requiring medical admission to a South African district hospital had laboratory-confirmed tuberculosis (TB) and that almost two-thirds of cases could be rapidly diagnosed using Xpert MTB/RIF-testing of concentrated urine samples obtained on the first day of admission. Implementation of urine-based, routine, point-of-care TB screening is an attractive intervention that might be facilitated by use of a simple, low-cost diagnostic tool, such as the Determine TB-LAM lateral-flow rapid test for HIV-associated TB...
March 21, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921291/evaluation-of-capillary-electrophoresis-for-the-analysis-of-rooibos-and-honeybush-tea-phenolics
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William J Arries, Andreas G J Tredoux, Dalene de Beer, Elizabeth Joubert, André de Villiers
Rooibos and honeybush are popular herbal teas produced from the shrubs of Aspalathus linearis and Cyclopia spp., respectively, which are indigenous to South Africa. Both herbal teas are rich in polyphenols and their consumption is associated with several health benefits, partly ascribed to their phenolic constituents. Quantification of phenolics in extracts and teas for quality control and research purposes is generally performed using HPLC, although dedicated and often species-specific methods are required...
March 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832107/the-financial-burden-of-non-communicable-chronic-diseases-in-rural-nigeria-wealth-and-gender-heterogeneity-in-health-care-utilization-and-health-expenditures
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Wendy Janssens, Jann Goedecke, Godelieve J de Bree, Sunday A Aderibigbe, Tanimola M Akande, Alice Mesnard
OBJECTIVES: Better insights into health care utilization and out-of-pocket expenditures for non-communicable chronic diseases (NCCD) are needed to develop accessible health care and limit the increasing financial burden of NCCDs in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: A household survey was conducted in rural Kwara State, Nigeria, among 5,761 individuals. Data were obtained using biomedical and socio-economic questionnaires. Health care utilization, NCCD-related health expenditures and distances to health care providers were compared by sex and by wealth quintile, and a Heckman regression model was used to estimate health expenditures taking selection bias in health care utilization into account...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809980/application-of-a-new-pcr-rflp-panel-suggests-a-restricted-population-structure-for-eimeria-tenella-in-uk-and-irish-chickens
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Elaine Pegg, Kate Doyle, Emily L Clark, Isa D Jatau, Fiona M Tomley, Damer P Blake
Eimeria species cause coccidiosis, most notably in chickens where the global cost exceeds US$3 billion every year. Understanding variation in Eimeria population structure and genetic diversity contributes valuable information that can be used to minimise the impact of drug resistance and develop new, cost-effective anticoccidial vaccines. Little knowledge is currently available on the epidemiology of Eimeria species and strains in different regions, or under different chicken production systems. Recently, 244 Eimeria tenella isolates collected from countries in Africa and Asia were genotyped using a Sequenom single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) tool, revealing significant variation in haplotype diversity and population structure, with a marked North/South regional divide...
October 15, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756712/clinical-management-of-adults-and-children-with-multidrug-resistant-and-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis
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REVIEW
K Dheda, K C Chang, L Guglielmetti, J Furin, H S Schaaf, D Chesov, A Esmail, C Lange
BACKGROUND: Globally there is a burgeoning epidemic of drug monoresistant tuberculosis (TB), multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). Almost 20% of all TB strains worldwide are resistant to at least one major TB drug, including isoniazid. In several parts of the world there is an increasing incidence of MDR-TB, and alarmingly, almost a third of MDR-TB cases globally are resistant to either a fluoroquinolone or aminoglycoside. This trend cannot be ignored because drug-resistant TB is associated with greater morbidity compared to drug-susceptible TB, accounts for almost 25% of global TB mortality, is extremely costly to treat, consumes substantial portions of budgets allocated to national TB programmes in TB-endemic countries and is a major threat to healthcare workers, who are already in short supply in resource-poor settings...
March 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725025/injury-severity-score-coding-data-analyst-v-emerging-m-health-technology
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R T Spence, E Zargaran, M Hameed, D Fong, E Shangguan, R Martinez, P Navsaria, A Nicol
BACKGROUND: The cost of Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) coding has limited its utility in areas of the world with the highest incidence of trauma. We hypothesised that emerging mobile health (m-health) technology could offer a cost-effective alternative to the current gold-standard AIS mechanism in a high-volume trauma centre in South Africa. METHODS: A prospectively collected sample of consecutive patients admitted following a traumatic injury that required an operation during a 1-month period was selected for the study...
September 8, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681149/leadership-emergence-the-application-of-the-cynefin-framework-during-a-bio-social-hiv-aids-risk-reduction-pilot
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Christopher J Burman, Marota A Aphane
This article focuses on the utility of a knowledge management heuristic called the Cynefin framework, which was applied during an ongoing pilot intervention in the Limpopo province, South Africa. The intervention aimed to identify and then consolidate low-cost, innovative bio-social responses to reinforce the biomedical opportunities that now have the potential to "end AIDS by 2030″. The Cynefin framework is designed to enable leaders to identify specific decision-making domain typologies as a mechanism to maximise the effectiveness of leadership responses to both opportunities and challenges that emerge during interventions...
September 2016: African Journal of AIDS Research: AJAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650256/international-variability-in-20%C3%A2-m-shuttle-run-performance-in-children-and-youth-who-are-the-fittest-from-a-50-country-comparison-a-systematic-literature-review-with-pooling-of-aggregate-results
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Justin J Lang, Mark S Tremblay, Luc Léger, Tim Olds, Grant R Tomkinson
OBJECTIVES: To describe and compare 20 m shuttle run test (20mSRT) performance among children and youth across 50 countries; to explore broad socioeconomic indicators that correlate with 20mSRT performance in children and youth across countries and to evaluate the utility of the 20mSRT as an international population health indicator for children and youth. METHODS: A systematic review was undertaken to identify papers that explicitly reported descriptive 20mSRT (with 1-min stages) data on apparently healthy 9-17 year-olds...
September 20, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625189/screening-and-diagnosis-of-hbv-in-low-income-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Jean-Pierre Allain, Ohene Opare-Sem
HBV testing and diagnosis of HBV-related liver disease in low-income and middle-income countries differs substantially from that in developed countries in terms of access to resources and expensive technologies requiring highly specialized staff. For identification and classification of HBV infection, genomic amplification methods to detect and quantify HBV DNA are often nonexistent or available only in central laboratories of major cities. When samples from peripheral locations do arrive, delays in receiving results generate loss to follow-up...
November 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27538652/case-fatality-of-adult-tetanus-in-africa-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Yohannes W Woldeamanuel, Adel T Andemeskel, Kwame Kyei, Meheret W Woldeamanuel, Woubishet Woldeamanuel
INTRODUCTION: Tetanus is a continued public health neuroinfectious burden in Africa; it accounts for significant proportion of lengthy intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital admissions. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe the pooled case-fatality rates of adult tetanus at African hospitals along with relevant discussions and recommendations. METHODS: A systematic review using advanced search strategies employing PubMed/MEDLINE and Web of Science inclusive of gray literature handsearch was conducted for facility-based studies on adult tetanus by combining the terms "tetanus", "Africa" spanning all previous years until January 15, 2016...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27469153/nephrology-in-africa-challenges-of-practice-in-resource-limited-environment
#17
REVIEW
Saraladevi Naicker
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), a major public health problem, is especially challenging for patients and healthcare personnel in Africa, a region with poor economic resources and a massive shortage of health-care workers. The burden of kidney disease is increased in poorly-resourced regions due to increased exposure to infections, poverty, poor access to healthcare, and genetic predisposition to kidney disease, contributing further to the problems when managing CKD and acute kidney injury. The vast majority of patients do not have access to renal replacement therapy...
2016: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27353295/health-care-utilization-and-outpatient-out-of-pocket-costs-for-active-convulsive-epilepsy-in-rural-northeastern-south-africa-a-cross-sectional-survey
#18
Ryan G Wagner, Melanie Y Bertram, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Stephen M Tollman, Lars Lindholm, Charles R Newton, Karen J Hofman
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder, with over 80 % of cases found in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Studies from high-income countries find a significant economic burden associated with epilepsy, yet few studies from LMICs, where out-of-pocket costs for general healthcare can be substantial, have assessed out-of-pocket costs and health care utilization for outpatient epilepsy care. METHODS: Within an established health and socio-demographic surveillance system in rural South Africa, a questionnaire to assess self-reported health care utilization and time spent traveling to and waiting to be seen at health facilities was administered to 250 individuals, previously diagnosed with active convulsive epilepsy...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27280882/prevalence-predictors-and-same-day-treatment-of-positive-via-enhanced-by-digital-cervicography-and-histopathology-results-in-a-cervical-cancer-prevention-program-in-cameroon
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Geneva A DeGregorio, Leslie S Bradford, Simon Manga, Pius M Tih, Richard Wamai, Rebecca Ogembo, Zacharie Sando, Yuxin Liu, Constance Schwaiger, Sowmya R Rao, Karen Kalmakis, Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, Kathleen Nulah, Edith Welty, Thomas Welty, Javier Gordon Ogembo
BACKGROUND: In 2007, the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) implemented a screen-and-treat cervical cancer prevention program using visual inspection with acetic acid enhanced by digital cervicography (VIA-DC). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 46,048 medical records of women who received care through the CBCHS Women's Health Program from 2007 through 2014 to determine the prevalence and predictors of positive VIA-DC, rates of same day treatment, and cohort prevalence of invasive cervical cancer (ICC)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27198979/recent-trends-in-working-with-the-private-sector-to-improve-basic-healthcare-a-review-of-evidence-and-interventions
#20
Dominic Montagu, Catherine Goodman, Peter Berman, Amy Penn, Adam Visconti
The private sector provides the majority of health care in Africa and Asia. A number of interventions have, for many years, applied different models of subsidy, support and engagement to address social and efficiency failures in private health care markets. We have conducted a review of these models, and the evidence in support of them, to better understand what interventions are currently common, and to what extent practice is based on evidence. Using established typologies, we examined five models of intervention with private markets for care: commodity social marketing, social franchising, contracting, accreditation and vouchers...
October 2016: Health Policy and Planning
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