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Dramatic decreases of malaria transmission intensities in Ifakara, south-eastern Tanzania since early 2000s

October 17, 2018 - 15:19 -- Open Access
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Marceline F. Finda, Alex J. Limwagu, Halfan S. Ngowo, Nancy S. Matowo, Johnson K. Swai, Emmanuel Kaindoa and Fredros O. Okumu
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:362, 16 October 2018

Malaria transmission in Ifakara has decreased by > 99% since early-2000s, reaching levels nearly undetectable with current entomological methods.

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Free versus purchased mosquito net ownership and use in Budondo sub-county, Uganda

October 17, 2018 - 15:17 -- Open Access
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Patricia Moscibrodzki, Molly Dobelle, Jessie Stone, Charles Kalumuna, Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu and Nils Hennig
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:363, 16 October 2018

Understanding inter- and intra-household net-use factors will help malaria control programmes more effectively direct their efforts to increase public health impact.

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Can malaria rapid diagnostic tests by drug sellers under field conditions classify children 5 years old or less with or without Plasmodium falciparum malaria? Comparison with nested PCR analysis

October 17, 2018 - 15:16 -- Open Access
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Freddy Eric Kitutu, Henry Wamani, Katarina Ekholm Selling, Fred Ashaba Katabazi, Ronald Bisaso Kuteesa, Stefan Peterson, Joan Nakayaga Kalyango and Andreas Mårtensson
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:365, 16 October 2018

Drug sellers can use RDTs in field conditions and achieve acceptable accuracy for malaria diagnosis, and they comply with the RDT results.

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An analysis of country adoption and implementation of the 2012 WHO recommendations for intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa

October 17, 2018 - 15:13 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Marianne Henry, Lia Florey, Susan Youll and Julie R. Gutman
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:364, 16 October 2018

Overall, coverage of both IPTp2+ and IPTp3+ has improved in recent years.

“I feel so bad but have nothing to do.” Exploring Ugandan caregivers’ experiences of parenting a child with severe malaria and subsequent repeated uncomplicated malaria

October 17, 2018 - 15:07 -- Open Access
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Ann J. Nakitende, Paul Bangirana, Noeline Nakasujja, Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Andrew S. Ssemata, Chandy C. John and Richard Idro
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:360, 12 October 2018

The study findings suggest that severe malaria, especially when followed by repeated malaria episodes, affects not only children who have the illness but also their caregivers.

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity measured by spectrophotometry and associated genetic variants from the Oromiya zone, Ethiopia

October 17, 2018 - 15:03 -- Open Access
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Nora Kießling, Joaquin Brintrup, Nicole Berens-Riha, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:358, 12 October 2018

As the prevalence of G6PD deficiency seems low in this area, the use of 8-aminoquinolines should be encouraged.

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Knowledge, motivation, self-efficacy, and their association with insecticidal net use among pregnant women in a secondary health centre in Maiduguri, Nigeria

October 17, 2018 - 15:02 -- Open Access
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Ahmed Dahiru Balami, Salmiah Md Said, Nor Afiah Mohd Zulkefli, Bachok Norsa’adah and Bala Audu
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:359, 12 October 2018

A large proportion of pregnant women in this study were not sleeping under ITNs.

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Assessing whether universal coverage with insecticide-treated nets has been achieved: is the right indicator being used?

October 17, 2018 - 15:00 -- Open Access
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Hannah Koenker, Fred Arnold, Albert Kilian, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:355, 11 October 2018

The two household-level indicators—one representing minimal coverage, the other only ‘universal’ coverage—provide an incomplete and potentially misleading picture of personal protection and the success of an ITN distribution programme.

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Prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum infection among pregnant women at first antenatal visit in post-Ebola Monrovia, Liberia

October 17, 2018 - 14:58 -- Open Access
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Guillermo Martínez-Pérez, Dawoh Peter Lansana, Alfredo Mayor, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:357, 11 October 2018

Plasmodium falciparum infections are expected to occur in at least one in every eight women attending first ANC at private clinics in Monrovia and outside the peak of the rainy season.

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Home treatment and use of informal market of pharmaceutical drugs for the management of paediatric malaria in Cotonou, Benin

October 16, 2018 - 14:25 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Edwige Apetoh, Marina Tilly, Carine Baxerres and Jean-Yves Le Hesran
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:354, 10 October 2018

This study highlights the link between worse economic conditions and accessibility to medical care as one of the main factors of malaria home treatment and drug purchase in IMPD, even if those two phenomena need to be understood apart.

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