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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346622/future-of-family-medicine-faculty-development-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Paul R Larson, Patrick Chege, Bruce Dahlman, Christine Gibson, Ann Evensen, Maria C Colon-Gonzalez, Stephanie Onguka, Roberta Lamptey, William E Cayley, Bich-May Nguyen, Brian Johnson, Sawra Getnet, Memoona Hasnain
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: High-quality family medicine education is needed in sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate the future growth of primary care health systems. Current faculty educators recognize the value of dedicated teacher training and ongoing faculty development. However, they are constrained by inadequate faculty development program availability and institutional support. METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was used to conduct a qualitative needs assessment comprised of 37 in-depth, semi-structured interviews of individual faculty trainers from postgraduate family medicine training programs in eight sub-Saharan African countries...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346621/current-status-of-family-medicine-faculty-development-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Paul R Larson, Patrick Chege, Bruce Dahlman, Christine Gibson, Ann Evensen, Maria C Colon-Gonzalez, Stephanie Onguka, Roberta Lamptey, William E Cayley, Bich-May Nguyen, Brian Johnson, Sawra Getnet, Memoona Hasnain
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Reducing the shortage of primary care physicians in sub-Saharan Africa requires expansion of training programs in family medicine. Challenges remain in preparing, recruiting, and retaining faculty qualified to teach in these pioneering programs. Little is known about the unique faculty development needs of family medicine faculty within the sub-Saharan African context. The purpose of this study was to assess the current status and future needs for developing robust family medicine faculty in sub-Saharan Africa...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346527/a-qualitative-study-of-secondary-distribution-of-hiv-self-test-kits-by-female-sex-workers-in-kenya
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Suzanne Maman, Katherine R Murray, Sue Napierala Mavedzenge, Lennah Oluoch, Florence Sijenje, Kawango Agot, Harsha Thirumurthy
Promoting awareness of serostatus and frequent HIV testing is especially important among high risk populations such as female sex workers (FSW) and their sexual partners. HIV self-testing is an approach that is gaining ground in sub-Saharan Africa as a strategy to increase knowledge of HIV status and promote safer sexual decisions. However, little is known about self-test distribution strategies that are optimal for increasing testing access among hard-to-reach and high risk individuals. We conducted a qualitative study with 18 FSW who participated in a larger study that provided them with five oral fluid-based self-tests, training on how to use the tests, and encouragement to offer the self-tests to their sexual partners using their discretion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346373/harmful-use-of-alcohol-a-shadow-over-sub-saharan-africa-in-need-of-workable-solutions
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Carina Ferreira-Borges, Charles D H Parry, Thomas F Babor
Alcohol consumption and alcohol-attributable burden of disease in Africa are expected to rise in the near future, yet. increasing alcohol-related harm receives little attention from policymakers and from the population in general. Even where new legislation is proposed it is rarely enacted into law. Being at the center of social and cultural activities in many countries, alcohol's negative role in society and contribution to countries' burden of disease are rarely questioned. After the momentum created by the adoption in 2010 of the WHO Global Strategy and the WHO Regional Strategy (for Africa) to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, and the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, in 2013, little seems to have been done to address the increasing use of alcohol, its associated burden and the new challenges that derive from the growing influence of the alcohol industry in Africa...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346109/assessing-process-of-paediatric-care-in-a-resource-limited-setting-a-cross-sectional-audit-of-district-hospitals-in-rwanda
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Celestin Hategeka, Jeannie Shoveller, Lisine Tuyisenge, Larry D Lynd
BACKGROUND: Routine assessment of quality of care helps identify deficiencies which need to be improved. While gaps in the emergency care of children have been documented across sub-Saharan Africa, data from Rwanda are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To assess the care of sick infants and children admitted to Rwandan district hospitals and the extent to which it follows currently recommended clinical practice guidelines in Rwanda. METHODS: Data were gathered during a retrospective cross-sectional audit of eight district hospitals across Rwanda in 2012/2013...
March 27, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345494/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-alzheimer-s-disease-assessment-scale-cognitive-adas-cog-in-a-low-literacy-setting-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Stella-Maria Paddick, Aloyce Kisoli, Sarah Mkenda, Godfrey Mbowe, William Keith Gray, Catherine Dotchin, Adesola Ogunniyi, John Kisima, Olaide Olakehinde, Declare Mushi, Richard William Walker
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the feasibility of a low-literacy adaptation of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale - Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) for use in rural sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for interventional studies in dementia. No such adaptations currently exist. METHODS: Tanzanian and Nigerian health professionals adapted the ADAS-Cog by consensus. Validation took place in a cross-sectional sample of 34 rural-dwelling older adults with mild/moderate dementia alongside 32 non-demented controls in Tanzania...
March 27, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344639/aflatoxin-b1-inhibits-the-type-1-interferon-response-pathway-via-stat1-suggesting-another-mechanism-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Patrick W Narkwa, David J Blackbourn, Mohamed Mutocheluh
BACKGROUND: Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) contamination of food is very high in most sub-Saharan African countries. AFB1 is known to cause hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by inducing mutation in the tumour suppressor gene TP53. The number of new HCC cases is high in West Africa with an accompanying high mortality. The type I interferon (IFN) pathway of the innate immune system limits viral infections and exerts its anti-cancer property by up-regulating tumour suppressor activities and pro-apoptotic pathways...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342960/geophagy-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-health-risk-for-infants
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Claudia Gundacker, Ruth Kutalek, Rosina Glaunach, Coloman Deweis, Markus Hengstschläger, Armin Prinz
Prenatal lead exposure is a public health concern. Geophagy, the practice of soil eating, is documented for pregnant women of sub-Saharan Africa to treat pregnancy-related malaise. The soils however can contain substantial amounts of lead. In an exploratory study on 48 mother-child pairs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we found striking site-specific differences in prenatal lead exposure, i.e., higher lead levels at Kisangani than at Isiro. Kisangani women consumed 1/ more often soil during the first trimester of pregnancy as well as 2/ a different type of soil compared to Isiro women (P<0...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342231/exploring-the-hypothesis-of-differential-care-for-african-immigrant-and-native-women-in-france-with-hypertensive-disorders-during-pregnancy-a-qualitative-study
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Priscille Sauvegrain, Elie Azria, Coralie Chiesa-Dubruille, Catherine Deneux-Tharaux
OBJECTIVE: To analyse whether prenatal care trajectories among women with hypertensive disorders during pregnancy in France differ between immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and native French women. DESIGN: Qualitative interview study. SETTING: Three public maternity units in the Paris region. POPULATION: Women born in SSA or in France of French parents and treated for hypertension or preeclampsia during their pregnancy...
March 25, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340622/anti-plasmodial-activity-of-norcaesalpin-d-and-extracts-of-four-medicinal-plants-used-traditionally-for-treatment-of-malaria
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Ramadhani Selemani Omari Nondo, Mainen Julius Moshi, Paul Erasto, Pax Jessey Masimba, Francis Machumi, Abdul Waziri Kidukuli, Matthias Heydenreich, Denis Zofou
BACKGROUND: Malaria is an old life-threatening parasitic disease that is still affecting many people, mainly children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Availability of effective antimalarial drugs played a significant role in the treatment and control of malaria. However, recent information on the emergence of P. falciparum parasites resistant to one of the artemisinin-based combination therapies suggests the need for discovery of new drug molecules. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the antiplasmodial activity of extracts, fractions and isolated compound from medicinal plants traditionally used in the treatment of malaria in Tanzania...
March 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339598/high-postdischarge-morbidity-in-ugandan-children-with-severe-malarial-anemia-or-cerebral-malaria
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Robert O Opoka, Karen E S Hamre, Nathan Brand, Paul Bangirana, Richard Idro, Chandy C John
Summary: Postdischarge readmission and outpatient illnesses are frequent in children with severe malarial anemia or cerebral malaria. Trials of postdischarge malaria prophylaxis in children with severe malaria should be considered. Background: Cerebral malaria (CM) and severe malarial anemia (SMA) account for a substantial proportion of malaria-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. However, postdischarge morbidity in children with CM or SMA has not been well established...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339128/life-course-of-atopy-and-allergy-related-disease-events-in-tropical-sub-saharan-africa-a-birth-cohort-study
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Swaib A Lule, Harriet Mpairwe, Margaret Nampijja, Florence Akello, Joyce Kabagenyi, Benigna Namara, Gyaviira Nkurunungi, Dennison Kizito, Joseph Kahwa, Lawrence Muhangi, Stephen Nash, Moses Muwanga, Emily L Webb, Alison M Elliott
BACKGROUND: In high-income countries, allergy related-diseases (ARDs) follow a typical sequence, the "Atopic March". Little is known about the life-course of ARDs in the markedly different, low-income, tropical environment. We describe ARDs in a tropical, African birth cohort. METHODS: Ugandan children were followed from birth to nine years. ISAAC questionnaires were completed at intervals; doctor-diagnosed ARDs were recorded throughout follow-up. Skin prick tests (SPTs) were done at three and nine years...
March 24, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336504/mhealth-for-clinical-decision-making-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-scoping-review
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Ibukun-Oluwa Omolade Adepoju, Bregje Joanna Antonia Albersen, Vincent De Brouwere, Jos van Roosmalen, Marjolein Zweekhorst
BACKGROUND: In a bid to deliver quality health services in resource-poor settings, mobile health (mHealth) is increasingly being adopted. The role of mHealth in facilitating evidence-based clinical decision-making through data collection, decision algorithms, and evidence-based guidelines, for example, is established in resource-rich settings. However, the extent to which mobile clinical decision support systems (mCDSS) have been adopted specifically in resource-poor settings such as Africa and the lessons learned about their use in such settings are yet to be established...
March 23, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336269/epidemiology-of-polyparasitism-with-taenia-solium-schistosomes-and-soil-transmitted-helminths-in-the-co-endemic-village-of-malanga-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Joule Madinga, Katja Polman, Kirezi Kanobana, Lisette van Lieshout, Eric Brienen, Nicolas Praet, Constantin Kabwe, Sarah Gabriël, Pierre Dorny, Pascal Lutumba, Niko Speybroeck
Helminth co-infections are common in sub-Saharan Africa. However, little is known about the distribution and determinants of co-infections with Taenia solium taeniasis/cysticercosis. Building on a previous community-based study on human cysticercosis in Malanga village, we investigated co-infections with Taenia solium, soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) and Schistosoma spp and associated risk factors in a random subsample of 330 participants. Real time PCR assays were used to detect DNA of soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), T...
March 20, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336268/malaria-incidence-during-early-childhood-in-rural-burkina-faso-analysis-of-a-birth-cohort-protected-with-insecticide-treated-mosquito-nets
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Sabrina Wehner, Gabriele Stieglbauer, Corneille Traoré, Ali Sie, Heiko Becher, Olaf Müller
BACKGROUND: Even in the high transmission areas of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the incidence of falciparum malaria varies greatly depending on factors such as age, rainfall pattern, distance to breeding places, quality of houses, and existing vector control measures. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITN) have now become the vector control standard in nearly all of SSA. This study aims to describe and analyse the incidence of malaria in a cohort of young children protected with ITN in rural West Africa...
March 20, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335755/the-incidence-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-diabetic-retinopathy-in-a-population-based-cohort-study-of-people-age-50%C3%A2-years-and-over-in-nakuru-kenya
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Andrew Bastawrous, Wanjiku Mathenge, Kevin Wing, Madeleine Bastawrous, Hillary Rono, Helen A Weiss, David Macleod, Allen Foster, Tunde Peto, Peter Blows, Matthew Burton, Hannah Kuper
BACKGROUND: The epidemic rise of diabetes carries major negative public health and economic consequences particularly for low and middle-income countries. The highest predicted percentage growth in diabetes is in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region where to date there has been no data on the incidence of diabetic retinopathy from population-based cohort studies and minimal data on incident diabetes. The primary aims of this study were to estimate the cumulative six-year incidence of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and DR (Diabetic Retinopathy), respectively, among people aged ≥50 years in Kenya...
March 23, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335411/how-the-cobra-got-its-flesh-eating-venom-cytotoxicity-as-a-defensive-innovation-and-its-co-evolution-with-hooding-aposematic-marking-and-spitting
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Nadya Panagides, Timothy N W Jackson, Maria P Ikonomopoulou, Kevin Arbuckle, Rudolf Pretzler, Daryl C Yang, Syed A Ali, Ivan Koludarov, James Dobson, Brittany Sanker, Angelique Asselin, Renan C Santana, Iwan Hendrikx, Harold van der Ploeg, Jeremie Tai-A-Pin, Romilly van den Bergh, Harald M I Kerkkamp, Freek J Vonk, Arno Naude, Morné A Strydom, Louis Jacobsz, Nathan Dunstan, Marc Jaeger, Wayne C Hodgson, John Miles, Bryan G Fry
The cytotoxicity of the venom of 25 species of Old World elapid snake was tested and compared with the morphological and behavioural adaptations of hooding and spitting. We determined that, contrary to previous assumptions, the venoms of spitting species are not consistently more cytotoxic than those of closely related non-spitting species. While this correlation between spitting and non-spitting was found among African cobras, it was not present among Asian cobras. On the other hand, a consistent positive correlation was observed between cytotoxicity and utilisation of the defensive hooding display that cobras are famous for...
March 13, 2017: Toxins
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/28333330/genomic-landscape-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-from-an-urban-african-setting
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Patrick Musicha, Nicholas A Feasey, Amy K Cain, Teemu Kallonen, Chrispin Chaguza, Chikondi Peno, Margaret Khonga, Sarah Thompson, Katherine J Gray, Alison E Mather, Robert S Heyderman, Dean B Everett, Nicholas R Thomson, Chisomo L Msefula
Objectives: Efforts to treat Escherichia coli infections are increasingly being compromised by the rapid, global spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Whilst AMR in E. coli has been extensively investigated in resource-rich settings, in sub-Saharan Africa molecular patterns of AMR are not well described. In this study, we have begun to explore the population structure and molecular determinants of AMR amongst E. coli isolates from Malawi. Methods: Ninety-four E...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332510/recent-advances-in-understanding-hypertension-development-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
A E Schutte, S Botha, C M T Fourie, L F Gafane-Matemane, R Kruger, L Lammertyn, L Malan, C M C Mels, R Schutte, W Smith, J M van Rooyen, L J Ware, H W Huisman
Consistent reports indicate that hypertension is a particularly common finding in black populations. Hypertension occurs at younger ages and is often more severe in terms of blood pressure levels and organ damage than in whites, resulting in a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality. This review provides an outline of recent advances in the pathophysiological understanding of blood pressure elevation and the consequences thereof in black populations in Africa. This is set against the backdrop of populations undergoing demanding and rapid demographic transition, where infection with the human immunodeficiency virus predominates, and where under and over-nutrition coexist...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
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