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Detecting local risk factors for residual malaria in northern Ghana using Bayesian model averaging

October 2, 2018 - 15:33 -- Open Access
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Justin Millar, Paul Psychas, Benjamin Abuaku, Collins Ahorlu, Punam Amratia, Kwadwo Koram, Samuel Oppong and Denis Valle
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:343, 29 September 2018

This modelling framework offers an alternative approach to disease risk factor analysis that generates interpretable models, can reveal complex, nonlinear relationships, incorporates uncertainty in model selection, and produces accurate predictions.

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The prevalence of submicroscopic Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte carriage and multiplicity of infection in children, pregnant women and adults in a low malaria transmission area in Southern Ghana

September 18, 2018 - 16:15 -- Open Access
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Helena Lamptey, Michael Fokuo Ofori, Isabella A. Quakyi, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:331, 17 September 2018

These findings suggest that children and pregnant women are particularly important as P. falciparum submicroscopic gametocyte reservoirs and represent important focus groups for control interventions.

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Sense of community and willingness to support malaria intervention programme in urban poor Accra, Ghana

August 13, 2018 - 16:24 -- Open Access
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D. Yaw Atiglo, Reuben Tete Larbi, Mawuli Komla Kushitor, Adriana A. E. Biney, Paapa Yaw Asante, Naa Dodua Dodoo and F. Nii-Amoo Dodoo
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:289, 10 August 2018

Different dimensions of sense of community are associated with community members’ willingness to provide labour, time or both to support the malaria eradication programme.

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Effectiveness of pregnant women’s active participation in their antenatal care for the control of malaria and anaemia in pregnancy in Ghana: a cluster randomized controlled trial

June 26, 2018 - 16:06 -- Open Access
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Gifty Dufie Ampofo, Harry Tagbor and Imelda Bates
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:238, 19 June 2018

Although its potential was evident, this study found no significant beneficial effect of women participating in their malaria and haemoglobin tests on pregnancy outcomes.

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Identifying functional groups among the diverse, recombining antigenic var genes of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum from a local community in Ghana

June 21, 2018 - 17:17 -- Open Access
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Mary M. Rorick, Edward B. Baskerville, Thomas S. Rask, Karen P. Day, Mercedes Pascual
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PLoS Comput Biol 14(6): e1006174

A challenge in studying diverse multi-copy gene families is deciphering distinct functional types within immense sequence variation.

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Factors associated with treatment-seeking for malaria in urban poor communities in Accra, Ghana

April 17, 2018 - 16:02 -- Open Access
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Raphael Baffour Awuah, Paapa Yaw Asante, Lionel Sakyi, Adriana A. E. Biney, Mawuli Komla Kushitor, Francis Agyei and Ama de-Graft Aikins
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:168, 16 April 2018

The findings show that many urban poor residents in Accra self-medicate as the first response to malaria.

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Local knowledge and practices towards malaria in an irrigated farming community in Ghana

April 9, 2018 - 15:18 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Hector Attu and Jones K. Adjei
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:150, 4 April 2018

Malaria testing training for drug dispensing personnel as well as the provision of malaria testing kits in drug dispensing stores are necessary to facilitate early malaria screening and timely diagnosis particularly in rural endemic areas.

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Impact of a 15-month multi-channel continuous distribution pilot on ITN ownership and access in Eastern Region, Ghana

March 27, 2018 - 15:39 -- Open Access
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Celine Zegers de Beyl, Angela Acosta, Hannah Koenker, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:124, 22 March 2018

Thirty-one months after the mass campaign, the 15 months of continuous distribution activities had maintained levels of household ownership at least one ITN, but household ownership of one ITN for every two people and population access to ITN had declined.

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Plasmodium falciparum diagnostic tools in HIV-positive under-5-year-olds in two ART clinics in Ghana: are there missed infections?

February 27, 2018 - 15:42 -- Open Access
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Ewurama D. A. Owusu, Samson K. Djonor, Charles A. Brown, Martin P. Grobusch and Petra F. Mens
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:92, 23 February 2018

Circulation of malaria parasites with pfrhp2/3 deletions in this population played a role in missed infections with RDT.

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Assessment of the quality and quantity of naturally induced antibody responses to EBA175RIII–V in Ghanaian children living in two communities with varying malaria transmission patterns

January 9, 2018 - 16:10 -- Open Access
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Hamza B. Abagna, Festus K. Acquah, Ruth Okonu, Nii A. Aryee, Michael Theisen and Linda E. Amoah
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:14, 8 January 2018

Naturally acquired IgG concentrations but not relative antibody avidities to EBA175RIII–V were significantly higher in Obom where malaria transmission is perennial than in Abura, where malaria transmission is seasonal.

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