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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
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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
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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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Caregiver exposure to malaria social and behaviour change messages can improve bed net use among children in an endemic country: secondary analysis of the 2015 Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey

April 8, 2019 - 16:21 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Kirsten Zalisk, Samantha Herrera, Uwem Inyang, Audu Bala Mohammed, Perpetua Uhomoibhi and Yazoumé Yé
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:121, 6 April 2019

The results suggest that caregiver exposure to topic-specific SBC messages improves the use of ITNs among children.

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Malaria testing and treatment knowledge among selected rural patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMV) in Nigeria

March 27, 2019 - 16:06 -- Open Access
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Oladimeji Oladepo, Abisoye S. Oyeyemi, Musibau A. Titiloye, Adedayo O. Adeyemi, Sarah M. Burnett, Iorwakwagh Apera, Opeyemi Oladunni and Michael Alliu
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:103, 27 March 2019

Substantial knowledge gaps on the use of RDTs and treatment with artemisinin-based combinations exist among rural PPMVs.

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Knowledge of malaria prevention among pregnant women and non-pregnant mothers of children aged under 5 years in Ibadan, South West Nigeria

March 26, 2019 - 15:54 -- Open Access
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Kelechi Elizabeth Oladimeji, Joyce Mahlako Tsoka-Gwegweni, Elizabeth Ojewole and Samuel Tassi Yunga
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:92, 22 March 2019

The findings indicate that socio-demographic factors such as marital and educational status greatly influence knowledge on malaria prevention and control measures.

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On the discriminatory and predictive accuracy of the RDT against the microscopy in the diagnosis of malaria among under-five children in Nigeria

February 26, 2019 - 15:16 -- Open Access
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Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:46, 21 February 2019

Although there was a significant agreement in the outcomes of RDT and microscopy tests, the discriminatory accuracy of RDT was weak.

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Using mixed effects logistic regression models for complex survey data on malaria rapid diagnostic test results

December 6, 2018 - 16:46 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Chigozie Louisa J. Ugwu and Temesgen T. Zewotir
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:453, 5 December 2018

Improvement of socio-economic development and quality of life is paramount to achieving malaria free Nigeria.

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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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Author(s): 
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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Housing type and risk of malaria among under-five children in Nigeria: evidence from the malaria indicator survey

August 29, 2018 - 15:30 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Oyewale M. Morakinyo, Folusho M. Balogun and Adeniyi F. Fagbamigbe
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:311, 28 August 2018

Non-improved housing predicted malaria infection among U5s in Nigeria. Improved housing is a promising means to support a more integrated and sustainable approach to malaria prevention.

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NOT Open Access | A Study of Malaria Parasite Density in HIV-1 Positive Under-fives in Benin City, Nigeria

August 7, 2018 - 15:58 -- NOT Open Access
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Ikechukwu Okonkwo, Michael Ibadin, Wilson Sadoh, Austine Omoigberale
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Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Volume 64, Issue 4, 1 August 2018, Pages 289–296,

Parasitaemia is higher in HIV-infected than uninfected children.

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Factors associated with caregivers’ consistency of use of bed nets in Nigeria: a multilevel multinomial analysis of survey data

August 3, 2018 - 15:58 -- Open Access
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Stella Babalola, Sulaimon T. Adedokun, Anna McCartney-Melstad, Mathew Okoh, Sola Asa, Ian Tweedie and Andrew Tompsett
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:280, 2 August 2018

The study recommends that efforts designed to promote consistent use of bed nets should be state-specific and include strategies targeting ideational variables.

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