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Factors influencing adherence to the new intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy policy in Keta District of the Volta region, Ghana

December 2, 2019 - 18:02 -- Open Access
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Vandy AO, Peprah NY, Jerela JY, Titiati P, Manu A, Akamah J, Maya ET, Torpey K
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BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Nov 20;19(1):424

About 25% of pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas are infected with malaria and this accounts for about 15% of maternal deaths globally. Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) is one of the main strategies for prevention of malaria in pregnancy. A new recommendation was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) that at least three doses of IPTp-SP should be administered before delivery. This study sought to determine the factors influencing adherence to the new IPTp-SP policy in Keta District, Volta region, Ghana.

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Factors influencing adherence to the new intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy policy in Keta District of the Volta region, Ghana

November 26, 2019 - 20:37 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Alren O. Vandy, Nana Yaw Peprah, Joseph Yaw Jerela, Perfect Titiati, Abubakar Manu, Joseph Akamah, Ernest T. Maya & Kwasi Torpey
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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth volume 19, Article number: 424 (2019)

About 25% of pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas are infected with malaria and this accounts for about 15% of maternal deaths globally. Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) is one of the main strategies for prevention of malaria in pregnancy. A new recommendation was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) that at least three doses of IPTp-SP should be administered before delivery. This study sought to determine the factors influencing adherence to the new IPTp-SP policy in Keta District, Volta region, Ghana.

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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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Extent of inappropriate prescription of artemisinin and anti-malarial injections to febrile outpatients, a cross-sectional analytic survey in the Greater Accra region, Ghana

September 30, 2019 - 13:42 -- Open Access
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Harriet Affran Bonful, Adolf Kofi Awua, Martin Adjuik, Doris Tsekpetse, Richard Mawuko Kofi Adanu, Pricillia Awo Nortey, Augustine Ankomah and Kwadwo Ansah Koram
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:331, 27 September 2019

Febrile children seen in malaria hypo-endemic settings, such as the Greater Accra region (GAR) of Ghana are more likely to be suffering from a non-malarial febrile illness compared to those seen in hyper-endemic settings. The need for prescribers to rely on malaria test results to guide treatment practices in the GAR is even greater. This study was designed to investigate the factors associated with inappropriate artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) prescription.

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Diversity and immune responses against Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in non-febrile school children living in Southern Ghana

August 6, 2019 - 16:12 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Linda E. Amoah, Hamza B. Abagna, Ruth Ayanful-Torgby, Samuel O. Blankson and Nii A. Aryee
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:265, 1 August 2019

Natural exposure to gametocytes can result in the development of immunity against the gametocyte by the host as well as genetic diversity in the gametocyte. This study evaluated the quantity and quality of natural immune responses against a gametocyte antigen, Pfs230 as well as the prevalence and diversity of gametocytes circulating in children living in two communities in southern Ghana.

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Dispensing practices for anti-malarials in the La Nkwantanang-Madina municipality, Greater Accra, Ghana: a cross-sectional study

August 5, 2019 - 16:23 -- Open Access
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Charles Enyaah Amankwa, Harriet Affran Bonful, Kofi Agyabeng and Priscillia A. Nortey
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:260, 30 July 2019

Despite recent strides made towards reducing the emergence of artemisinin resistance, inappropriate dispensing practices for anti-malarials in both private and public sectors affect treatment outcomes negatively. In Ghana, private retail pharmacies are the most accessible health facilities for managing diseases of common occurrence. However, there is growing concern about the number of patients harmed by dispensing errors in the management of malaria in retail pharmacies. Although considerable work has been done in this area, several questions regarding dispensing practices remain unanswered. This study, therefore, sought to investigate the predictors of appropriate dispensing practices for anti-malarials in community pharmacies in the La Nkwantanang-Madina municipality of Greater Accra, Ghana.

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Characterizing local-scale heterogeneity of malaria risk: a case study in Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo district in northern Ghana

March 20, 2019 - 15:42 -- Open Access
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Punam Amratia, Paul Psychas, Benjamin Abuaku, Collins Ahorlu, Justin Millar, Samuel Oppong, Kwadwo Koram and Denis Valle
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:81, 15 March 2019

This high variability in malaria prevalence is striking, given that this small area (approximately 30 km × 40 km) was purportedly homogeneous based on country-level spatial analysis, suggesting that fine-scale parasitaemia data might be critical to guide district-level programmatic efforts to prevent and control malaria.

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Prescribing patterns and compliance with World Health Organization recommendations for the management of severe malaria: a modified cohort event monitoring study in public health facilities in Ghana and Uganda

February 13, 2019 - 16:13 -- Open Access
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H. Hilda Ampadu, Kwaku Poku Asante, Samuel Bosomprah, Samantha Akakpo, Pierre Hugo, Helga Gardarsdottir, Hubert G. M. Leufkens, Dan Kajungu and Alexander N. O. Dodoo
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:36, 8 February 2019

Injectable AS is the most commonly prescribed medicine in the management of severe malaria in Ghana and Uganda.

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Diagnostic capacity, and predictive values of rapid diagnostic tests for accurate diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum in febrile children in Asante-Akim, Ghana

December 27, 2018 - 15:30 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Isabella A. Quakyi, George O. Adjei, Andrew A. Adjei, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:468, 14 December 2018

The HRP2/pLDH RDTs showed comparable diagnostic accuracy in children presenting with an acute febrile illness to health facilities in a hard-to-reach rural area in Ghana.

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Prevalence of Plasmodium parasitaemia in blood donors and a survey of the knowledge, attitude and practices of transfusion malaria among health workers in a hospital in Kumasi, Ghana

November 21, 2018 - 15:22 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Kwame Agyemang Adusei, Alex Owusu-Ofori
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PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206303

Malaria is one of the transfusion transmissible infections in malaria endemic countries such as Ghana.

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