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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545583/private-sector-role-readiness-and-performance-for-malaria-case-management-in-uganda-2015
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Henry Kaula, Peter Buyungo, Jimmy Opigo
BACKGROUND: Several interventions have been put in place to promote access to quality malaria case management services in Uganda's private sector, where most people seek treatment. This paper describes evidence using a mixed-method approach to examine the role, readiness and performance of private providers at a national level in Uganda. These data will be useful to inform strategies and policies for improving malaria case management in the private sector. METHODS: The ACTwatch national anti-malarial outlet survey was conducted concurrently with a fever case management study...
May 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545579/evaluation-of-a-laboratory-quality-assurance-pilot-programme-for-malaria-diagnostics-in-low-transmission-areas-of-kenya-2013
#2
Elizabeth Wanja, Rachel Achilla, Peter Obare, Rose Adeny, Caroline Moseti, Victor Otieno, Collins Morang'a, Ephantus Murigi, John Nyamuni, Derek R Monthei, Bernhards Ogutu, Ann M Buff
BACKGROUND: One objective of the Kenya National Malaria Strategy 2009-2017 is scaling access to prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. In 2013, a quality assurance (QA) pilot was implemented to improve accuracy of malaria diagnostics at selected health facilities in low-transmission counties of Kenya. Trends in malaria diagnostic and QA indicator performance during the pilot are described. METHODS: From June to December 2013, 28 QA officers provided on-the-job training and mentoring for malaria microscopy, malaria rapid diagnostic tests and laboratory QA/quality control (QC) practices over four 1-day visits at 83 health facilities...
May 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545457/malaria-prevalence-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-children-in-kiwangwa-bagamoyo-district-tanzania
#3
Deborah Sumari, Felista Mwingira, Majige Selemani, Joseph Mugasa, Kefas Mugittu, Paul Gwakisa
BACKGROUND: Malaria prevalence continues to decline across sub-Saharan Africa as a result of various intervention strategies. However, the diseases still poses a public health concern in the region. While symptomatic malaria is recognized and treated, asymptomatic infections become increasingly important for interrupting transmission. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess malaria prevalence in symptomatic and asymptomatic children in Kiwangwa ward in Bagamoyo District in Tanzania...
May 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535793/intermittent-preventive-treatment-for-malaria-among-children-in-a-refugee-camp-in-northern-uganda-lessons-learned
#4
Matthew E Coldiron, Estrella Lasry, Malika Bouhenia, Debashish Das, Peter Okui, Dan Nyehangane, Juliet Mwanga, Celine Langendorf, Greg Elder, Léon Salumu, Rebecca F Grais
Northern Uganda hosts a large population of refugees from South Sudan, and malaria is one of the major health problems in the area. In 2015, intermittent preventive treatment for malaria (IPTc) was implemented in two refugee camps among children aged 6 months to 14 years. Three distributions of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) were conducted at 8-week intervals. The first dose was directly administered at IPTc distribution sites and the second and third doses were given to caregivers to administer at home...
May 23, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527688/clinical-development-of-a-var2csa-based-placental-malaria-vaccine-pamvac-quantifying-vaccine-antigen-specific-memory-b-t-cell-activity-in-beninese-primigravidae
#5
Komi Gbédandé, Nadine Fievet, Firmine Viwami, Sem Ezinmegnon, Saadou Issifou, Jean-Philippe Chippaux, Yannelle Dossou, Kabirou Moutairou, Achille Massougbodji, Nicaise Ndam, Willem Adriaan de Jongh, T Max M Søgaard, Ali Salanti, Morten A Nielsen, Meral Esen, Benjamin Mordmüller, Philippe Deloron, Adrian J F Luty
BACKGROUND: The antigen VAR2CSA plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of pregnancy-associated malaria (PAM) caused by Plasmodium falciparum. A VAR2CSA-based vaccine candidate, PAMVAC, is under development by an EU-funded multi-country consortium (PlacMalVac project). As part of PAMVAC's clinical development, we quantified naturally acquired vaccine antigen-specific memory B and T cell responses in Beninese primigravidae recruited at the beginning of pregnancy and followed up to delivery and beyond...
May 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526075/testing-times-trends-in-availability-price-and-market-share-of-malaria-diagnostics-in-the-public-and-private-healthcare-sector-across-eight-sub-saharan-african-countries-from-2009-to-2015
#6
Kara Hanson, Catherine Goodman
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization guidelines have recommended that all cases of suspected malaria should receive a confirmatory test with microscopy or a malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT), however evidence from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) illustrates that only one-third of children under five with a recent fever received a test. The aim of this study was to evaluate availability, price and market share of microscopy and RDT from 2009/11 to 2014/15 in 8 SSA countries, to better understand barriers to improving access to malaria confirmatory testing in the public and private health sectors...
May 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522856/diagnosing-congenital-malaria-in-a-high-transmission-setting-clinical-relevance-and-usefulness-of-p-falciparum-hrp2-based-testing
#7
Hamtandi Magloire Natama, Delwendé Florence Ouedraogo, Hermann Sorgho, Eduard Rovira-Vallbona, Elisa Serra-Casas, M Athanase Somé, Maminata Coulibaly-Traoré, Petra F Mens, Luc Kestens, Halidou Tinto, Anna Rosanas-Urgell
Congenital malaria diagnosis is challenging due to frequently observed low parasite density infections, while their clinical relevance during early infancy is not well characterized. In Nanoro health district (Burkina Faso), we determined the prevalence of congenital malaria by real-time quantitative PCR and we assessed the performance of rapid diagnosis test (RDT) and light microscopy (LM) to detect Plasmodium falciparum infections in cord-blood samples. In addition, we examined the usefulness of P. falciparum Histidine Rich Protein2 (PfHRP2) as surrogate biomarker of infection and explored association between congenital malaria and clinical outcomes...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521811/the-malaria-testing-and-treatment-landscape-in-mainland-tanzania-2016
#8
Daniel Michael, Sigsbert Patila Mkunde
BACKGROUND: Understanding the key characteristics of malaria testing and treatment is essential to the control of a disease that continues to pose a major risk of morbidity and mortality in mainland Tanzania, with evidence of a resurgence of the disease in recent years. The introduction of artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) as the first-line treatment for malaria, alongside policies to promote rational case management following testing, highlights the need for evidence of anti-malarial and testing markets in the country...
April 24, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520724/development-of-a-movement-based-in-vitro-screening-assay-for-the-identification-of-new-anti-cestodal-compounds
#9
Dominic Ritler, Reto Rufener, Heinz Sager, Jacques Bouvier, Andrew Hemphill, Britta Lundström-Stadelmann
Intestinal cestodes are infecting millions of people and livestock worldwide, but treatment is mainly based on one drug: praziquantel. The identification of new anti-cestodal compounds is hampered by the lack of suitable screening assays. It is difficult, or even impossible, to evaluate drugs against adult cestodes in vitro due to the fact that these parasites cannot be cultured in microwell plates, and adult and larval stages in most cases represent different organisms in terms of size, morphology, and metabolic requirements...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507350/amplification-of-mitochondrial-dna-for-detection-of-plasmodiumvivax-in-balochistan
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Muhammad Naeem Shahwani, Samia Nisar, Abdul Aleem, Marina Panezai, Sarwat Afridi, Shaukat Iqbal Malik
OBJECTIVE: To access a new step using PCR to amplify the targeted mtDNA sequence for detecting specifically Plasmodium vivax and its co-infections, false positive and false negative results with Plasmodium falciparum. METHODS: In this study we have standardized a new technical approach in which the target mitochondrial DNA sequence (mtDNA) was amplified by using a PCR technique as a tool to detect Plasmodium spp. Species specific primers were designed to hybridize with cytochrome c oxidase gene of P...
May 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486940/binding-of-plasmodium-falciparum-to-cd36-can-be-shielded-by-the-glycocalyx
#11
Casper Hempel, Christian William Wang, Jørgen Anders Lindholm Kurtzhals, Trine Staalsø
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes sequester in the microcirculation due to interaction between surface-expressed parasite proteins and endothelial receptors. Endothelial cells are covered in a carbohydrate-rich glycocalyx that shields against undesired leukocyte adhesion. It was investigated if the cellular glycocalyx affects the binding of P. falciparum-infected erythrocytes to CD36 in vitro. METHODS: Glycocalyx growth was followed in vitro by using azido sugars and cationized ferritin detecting O-glycoproteins and negatively charged proteoglycans, respectively...
May 10, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482832/factors-associated-with-malaria-parasitaemia-among-children-under-5%C3%A2-years-in-uganda-a-secondary-data-analysis-of-the-2014-malaria-indicator-survey-dataset
#12
Humphrey Wanzira, Henry Katamba, Allen Eva Okullo, Bosco Agaba, Mathias Kasule, Denis Rubahika
BACKGROUND: In the midst of success with malaria reduction in Uganda, there are areas that still have high prevalence of malaria parasitaemia. This project aimed at investigating factors associated with this prevalence and its relationship with anaemia. METHODS: This is a secondary data analysis of the 2014 Malaria Indicator Survey dataset of children under 5 years. All had a blood sample taken by finger or heel prick for determination of malaria parasitaemia and estimation of haemoglobin level for anaemia status...
May 8, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479922/laboratory-diagnosis-of-malaria-comparison-of-manual-and-automated-diagnostic-tests
#13
Samina Naz Mukry, Madiha Saud, Gul Sufaida, Kashif Shaikh, Arshi Naz, Tahir Sultan Shamsi
Malaria is the second most prevalent disease in Pakistan resulting in ~30,000 annual deaths. In endemic countries like Pakistan precise and timely diagnosis of malaria is imperative to overcome the associated risks of fatal outcomes. Malarial parasite was screened in 128 malaria suspected patients and 150 healthy controls, by species-specific PCR, microscopy of blood smears, hemoanalyzer Sysmex XE-2100, and rapid test devices (First Response Malaria® and ICT Malaria Combo®). The microscopy detected MP in 126 samples (parasite load/µl 386-53712/µl); 71...
2017: Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479893/igg-isotypic-antibodies-to-crude-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-antigen-associated-with-placental-malaria-infection-in-parturient-cameroonian-women
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Judith K Anchang-Kimbi, Eric Akum Achidi, Blaise Nkegoum, Joseph-Marie N Mendimi, Eva Sverremark-Ekström, Marita Troye-Blomberg
BACKGROUND: Few studies have reported an association between placental malaria (PM) infection and levels of isotypic antibodies against non-pregnancy associated antigens. OBJECTIVE: To determine and evaluate IgG isotypic antibody levels to crude P. falciparum blood stage in women with and without PM infection. METHODS: Levels of IgG (IgG1-IgG4) and IgM to crude P. falciparum blood stage antigen were measured by ELISA in 271 parturient women...
December 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479634/clinical-management-of-children-with-fever-a-cross-sectional-study-of-quality-of-care-in-rural-zambia
#15
Karsten Lunze, Godfrey Biemba, J Joseph Lawrence, William B MacLeod, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Kebby Musokotwane, Toyin Ajayi, Simon Mutembo, Chilunga Puta, Duncan Earle, Rick Steketee, Davidson H Hamer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate current practices and standards of evaluation and treatment of childhood febrile illness in Southern Province, Zambia. METHODS: From November to December 2013, we conducted a cross-sectional survey of facilities and health workers and we observed the health workers' interactions with febrile children and their caregivers. The facility survey recorded level of staffing, health services provided by the facility, availability and adequacy of medical equipment, availability of basic drugs and supplies and availability of treatment charts and guidelines...
May 1, 2017: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468663/evaluating-malaria-case-management-at-public-health-facilities-in-two-provinces-in-angola
#16
Mateusz M Plucinski, Manzambi Ferreira, Carolina Miguel Ferreira, Jordan Burns, Patrick Gaparayi, Lubaki João, Olinda da Costa, Parambir Gill, Claudete Samutondo, Joltim Quivinja, Eliane Mbounga, Gabriel Ponce de León, Eric S Halsey, Pedro Rafael Dimbu, Filomeno Fortes
BACKGROUND: Malaria accounts for the largest portion of healthcare demand in Angola. A pillar of malaria control in Angola is the appropriate management of malaria illness, including testing of suspect cases with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and treatment of confirmed cases with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). Periodic systematic evaluations of malaria case management are recommended to measure health facility readiness and adherence to national case management guidelines...
May 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468628/impact-of-home-based-management-on-malaria-outcome-in-under-fives-presenting-in-a-tertiary-health-institution-in-nigeria
#17
Damian U Nwaneri, Ayebo E Sadoh, Michael O Ibadin
BACKGROUND: Home-based management of malaria involves prompt delivery of effective malaria treatment at the community by untrained caregiver. The aim of this study was to document home-based treatment of suspected malaria by non-medical caregivers and to identify its health impact on malaria outcome (severe malaria prevalence, parasite load and mortality) in children (6-59 months). METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study carried out from June 2012-July 2013...
May 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464875/malaria-epidemiology-in-an-area-of-stable-transmission-in-tribal-population-of-jharkhand-india
#18
Manoj K Das, Brijesh K Prajapati, Régis W Tiendrebeogo, Kumud Ranjan, Bright Adu, Amit Srivastava, Harvinder K Khera, Narendra Chauhan, Sanjay Tevatiya, Ikhlaq H Kana, Surya Kant Sharma, Subhash Singh, Michael Theisen
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains an important health problem in India with approximately 1 million cases in 2014. Of these, 7% occurred in the Jharkhand state mainly in the tribal population. METHODS: This study was conducted in Dumargarhi, a tribal village about 42 km east of Ranchi city, Jharkhand, from May 2014 to September 2016. Four point prevalence surveys were carried out during consecutive high (October-December) and low (June-August) transmission seasons. Malaria cases were recorded from April 2015 to April 2016 through fortnightly visits to the village...
May 2, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464837/the-correlation-between-malaria-rdt-paracheck-pf-%C3%A2-faint-test-bands-and-microscopy-in-the-diagnosis-of-malaria-in-malawi
#19
Ryoko Makuuchi, Sandy Jere, Nobuchika Hasejima, Thoms Chigeda, January Gausi
BACKGROUND: Faint test bands of Paracheck Pf.® are interpreted as malaria positive according to world health organization (WHO) guideline. However if there are conspicuous number of faint test bands, a performance of Paracheck Pf.® could be influenced depending on whether interpreting faint test bands as malaria positive or negative. Finding out the frequency and accurate interpretation of faint test bands are important to prevent the overdiagnosis and drug resistance. METHODS: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted to find out the frequency of faint test bands and evaluate the performance of Paracheck Pf...
May 2, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460834/asymptomatic-plasmodial-infection-in-colombian-pregnant-women
#20
Jaime Carmona-Fonseca, Olga M Agudelo, Eliana M Arango
Information about asymptomatic plasmodial infection is scarce in the world, and the current antimalarial program goals (control, elimination, and eradication) demand this evidence to be well documented in different populations and malaria transmission settings. This study aimed to measure the prevalence of API in Colombian pregnant women at delivery. A retrospective prevalence survey was used. Women were recruited at hospital obstetric facility in each of the municipalities of Turbo, Necoclí in Antioquia department, and Puerto Libertador in Córdoba department...
April 28, 2017: Acta Tropica
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