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Validity and reliability of a Hausa language questionnaire assessing information, motivation and Behavioural skills for malaria prevention during pregnancy

March 25, 2020 - 14:51 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Balami AD, Said SM, Zulkefli NM, Bachok N, Audu BM
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BMC Public Health. 2020 Mar 24;20(1):384

Many studies on malaria knowledge, attitude and practice among pregnant women have been conducted in Hausa speaking communities in Nigeria. Despite this, no standard and uniform instrument for assessing this important public health problem has been developed in the Hausa language, even though it is widely spoken. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire in Hausa language assessing information, motivation, and behavioural skills for malaria prevention during pregnancy.

Characterizing the Spatial Determinants and Prevention of Malaria in Kenya

December 23, 2019 - 14:57 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Gopal S, Ma Y, Xin C, Pitts J, Were L
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 5078

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to ensure health and well-being for all at all ages with a specific target to end malaria by 2030. Aligned with this goal, the primary objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of utilizing local spatial variations to uncover the statistical relationships between malaria incidence rate and environmental and behavioral factors across the counties of Kenya.

Guidance for Using Tafenoquine for Prevention and Antirelapse Therapy for Malaria - United States, 2019

November 30, 2019 - 20:08 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Haston JC, Hwang J, Tan KR.
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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 Nov 22;68(46):1062-1068.

This report summarizes the published efficacy and safety evidence for the recommended doses for both indications and provides guidance for the use of tafenoquine in the United States. A more comprehensive review of the literature on tafenoquine along with the biologic rationale for its use has been published elsewhere (10).

Health system, socio-cultural, economic, environmental and individual factors influencing bed net use in the prevention of malaria in pregnancy in two Ghanaian regions

November 19, 2019 - 06:09 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Matilda Aberese-Ako, Pascal Magnussen, Gifty D. Ampofo and Harry Tagbor
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:363, 12 November 2019

Improving maternal health remains a priority to the Ghanaian government. Consequently, it has implemented the World Health Organization recommendation of distributing free long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to pregnant women—one of the effective strategies to combating malaria in pregnancy. However, the burden of negative outcomes of malaria in pregnancy such as low birth weight and miscarriages is still high. This may be related to the health system, socio-cultural and economic dynamics that influence LLIN use, but their role is not well understood. This ethnographic study sought to understand health system, socio-cultural, economic and environmental dynamics in utilization of LLINs among pregnant women in two Ghanaian regions.

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Health education through mass media announcements by loudspeakers about malaria care: prevention and practice among people living in a malaria endemic area of northern Myanmar

November 18, 2019 - 16:31 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Pyae Linn Aung, Tepanata Pumpaibool, Than Naing Soe, Jessica Burgess, Lynette J. Menezes, Myat Phone Kyaw and Liwang Cui
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:362, 12 November 2019

Interventions to raise community awareness about malaria prevention and treatment have used various approaches with little evidence on their efficacy. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of loudspeaker announcements regarding malaria care and prevention practices among people living in the malaria endemic villages of Banmauk Township, Sagaing Region, Myanmar.

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Column: looking for good news on the road to zero malaria deaths

January 23, 2014 - 20:40 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar. 
Traveller, there is no road. We make the road by walking.
Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
 
By George Jagoe
 
In 2011, RBM revised one of its key objectives for the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP):  it called for reducing “global malaria deaths to near zero by end 2015”. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Robert Newman, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme commented:  “Reducing malaria deaths to near-zero is the right goal, a goal that we need to make every conceivable effort to achieve. But, let us be clear, it is also a wildly ambitious goal.” (1)

Open Access | Prozone in malaria rapid diagnostics tests: how many cases are missed?

June 16, 2011 - 07:51 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Gillet P, Scheirlinck A, Stokx J, De Weggheleire A, Chauque HS, Canhanga ODJV, Tadeu BT, Mosse CDD, Tiago A, Mabunda S, Bruggeman C, Bottieau E, Jacobs J
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Malaria Journal 2011, 10:166 (15 June 2011)

Prozone occurs at different frequency and intensity in HRP-2 RDTs and may decrease diagnostic accuracy in the most affected RDTs.

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Closing the Gap Between Insecticide Treated Net Ownership and Use for the Prevention of Malaria

June 2, 2011 - 07:01 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Author(s): 
Diana G. Rickard, Rebecca N. Dudovitz, Mitchell D. Wong, Howard C. Jen, Rebecca D. Osborn, Hilda E. Fernandez, Clement I. Donkor
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Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action - Volume 5, Issue 2, Summer 2011, pp. 123-131

Our study demonstrates that rapidly achieving and sustaining almost universal ITN usage rates is possible using a community-based approach.

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An exploratory qualitative study on perceptions about mosquito bed nets in the Niger Delta: what are the barriers to sustained use?

May 10, 2011 - 08:15 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Author(s): 
Galvin KT, Petford N, Ajose F, Davies D
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Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, April 2011 , Volume 2011:4 Pages 73 - 83

Successful control of malaria and scale up of insecticide-treated net coverage relies on community perceptions and practice.

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices on Malaria Prevention Among Chinese International Travelers

May 10, 2011 - 07:37 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Author(s): 
Min Zhang, Zhiyong Liu, Hongtao He, Lan Luo, Shunqing Wang, Honglei Bu and Xian Zhou
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Journal of Travel Medicine, Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 173–177, May/June 2011

KAP about malaria among exposed Chinese travelers is far from satisfactory.

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