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Research: Assessment of competence of participants before and after 7-day intensive malaria microscopy training courses in Nigeria

June 9, 2015 - 11:36 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Yetunde A. Olukosi, Chimere O. Agomo, Oluwagbemiga O. Aina, Samuel K. Akindele, Hilary I. Okoh, Margaret O. Akinyele, Olusola Ajibaye, Bassey A. Orok, Bamidele A. Iwalokun, Veronica Enya, Uche T. Igbasi, Samson Awolola
MWJ2015, 6, 6
Accuracy of malaria diagnosis by microscopy has been a challenge in Nigeria due to poor competence of microscopists and inability to report on malaria species other than Plasmodium falciparum. Short courses were conducted to improve the skills of laboratory personnel to perform malaria microscopy in public health facilities. Seven-day malaria microscopy courses were conducted annually between 2011 and 2013.The training courses contained theoretical and practical sessions. Impact of the training was evaluated by practical and theoretical pre- and post-training assessments on malaria slide reading, parasite enumeration and basic malariology. The 102 participants who completed the training consisted of medical laboratory scientists (62; 60.8%), medical laboratory technicians (24; 23.5%) and other healthcare workers (16; 15.7%). The knowledge of basic malariology (theory) at pre- and post-tests were 34% (95% CI 31.7-36.3%) and 74.9% (95% CI 71.8-78.0%), respectively (P<0.001). The mean slide reading detection, species and counting agreements in pre-training assessment were 48.9%, 27.9% and 0%, respectively, and in post-training 56.8%, 39.2% and 25%, respectively. The mean species agreements in picture test pre- and post-training were 21.9% and 55.1%, respectively. There were significant differences (P<0.05) in the median pre-test scores in picture tests and basic malariology of the three categories of participants but not in malaria slide reading and parasite counting tests. However, post-training, a significant difference in test scores of the three categories of participants was recorded only for basic malariology (P=0.0003). The 7-day malaria microscopy courses significantly increased the knowledge and microscopy skills of the trainees and were sufficient to bridge the significant difference in baseline microscopy skills of the different categories of trainees that participated in the training courses.

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Superbug: an emerging and quickly spreading threat to the race against malaria

February 17, 2017 - 09:46 -- Salomé Beaujouan

While the malaria death count in Cambodia dropped to just one case in 2016, a new threat to the race against the disease arises in south-eastern Asia: superbugs. A superbug is a drug-resistant, human-killing parasite that modern medicine struggles to combat.

Do you see patients with cerebral malaria? ...Or know someone who does?

March 21, 2014 - 11:16 -- Lakshmi Swamy

If you care for patients with cerebral malaria or know someone who does, then we would appreciate your help in distributing this short survey.
Please use the following link to complete the survey: Cerebral Malaria Diagnosis Survey

I am an ophthalmologist with a background in malaria biology, and I am leading a survey study to understand how clinicians diagnose cerebral malaria.

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