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Open Access | Treatment choices for fevers in children under-five years in a rural Ghanaian district

June 29, 2010 - 12:35 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Nonvignon J, Aikins MK, Chinbuah MA, Abbey M, Gyapong M, Garshong BN, Fia S, Gyapong JO
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:188 (28 June 2010)

The results of this study imply that efforts at curbing under-five mortality due to malaria and pneumonia need to take into account care-seeking behaviour of caregivers of under-fives as well as implementation of strategies.

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Open Access | Anti-malarial drug quality in Lagos and Accra - a comparison of various quality assessments

June 15, 2010 - 06:42 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Bate R, Hess K
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:157 (11 June 2010)

The evidence presented shows that drug quality is probably improving in both cities, especially Lagos, since major reductions of failure rates over time occur with all means of assessment. Many more samples failed when examined by Raman spectrometry than by Minilab protocol.

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Cohort trial reveals community impact of insecticide-treated nets on malariometric indices in urban Ghana

June 7, 2010 - 11:38 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Eveline K., Kwabena A., et al.
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Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 104, Issue 7, July 2010, Pages 496-503

With urban populations growing rapidly across Africa, this study shows that ITNs will be an effective tool to assist African countries to achieve their Millennium Development Goals in urban settings.

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Red Cells, Iron, and Erythropoiesis: Differing effects of HbS and HbC traits on uncomplicated falciparum malaria, anemia, and child growth

June 7, 2010 - 08:47 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Benno K., Christina K., et al.
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Blood, Jun 2010; 115: 4551 - 4558.

Infants with HbAS were protected from uncomplicated malaria (P < .005) and anemia (P < .001), had lower age-adjusted parasite densities (P < .001), and higher age-adjusted hemoglobin levels compared with children with the HbAA genotype (P = .004).

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Ethnopharmacological use of herbal remedies for the treatment of malaria in the Dangme West District of Ghana

June 4, 2010 - 07:05 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Alex Asase, George A. Akwetey, Daniel G. Achel
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Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 129, Issue 3, 16 June 2010, Pages 367-376

The objective of the present study was to collect and document information on herbal remedies traditionally used for the treatment of malaria in the Dangme West District of Ghana.

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Open Access | School-based participatory health education for malaria control in Ghana: engaging children as health messengers

April 19, 2010 - 12:45 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Ayi I, Nonaka D, Adjovu JK, Hanafusa S, Jimba M, Bosompem KM, Mizoue T, Takeuchi T, Boakye DA, Kobayashi J
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:98 (18 April 2010)

School children have been increasingly recognized as health messengers for malaria control. However, little evidence is available. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of school-based malaria education intervention on school children and community adults

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Open Access | Research: How can malaria rapid diagnostic tests achieve their potential? A qualitative study of a trial at health facilities in Ghana

April 16, 2010 - 08:03 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Chandler CI, Whitty CJ, Ansah EK
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:95 (14 April 2010)

Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria are at the early stages of introduction across malaria endemic countries. This is central to efforts to decrease malaria overdiagnosis and the consequent overuse of valuable anti-malarials and underdiagnosis of alternative causes of fever.

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Evaluating Delivery Systems: Complex Evaluations and Plausibility Inference

April 13, 2010 - 09:21 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Jayne Webster, Margaret Kweku, McDamien Dedzo, Kojo Tinkorang, Jane Bruce, Jo Lines, Daniel Chandramohan, AND Kara Hanson
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American Journal of Tropical Medicine Hygiene, Vol 82: 4, pp. 672-677

We use a pre- and post-implementation cross-sectional observational study with assessment of the intermediate processes to evaluate a new delivery system for insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in two regions of Ghana.

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Open Access | Malaria, Intestinal Helminths and Other Risk Factors for Stillbirth in Ghana

April 9, 2010 - 07:23 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Nelly J. Y., Ellen F., John E. E., et al
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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 2010

The fact that most of the stillbirths were fresh suggests that higher quality intrapartum care could reduce stillbirth rates.

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Open Access | Environmental Factors Associated with the Distribution of Anopheles gambiae s.s in Ghana; an Important Vector of Lymphatic Filariasis and Malaria

April 8, 2010 - 06:51 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
D de Souza, L Kelly-Hope, B Lawson, M Wilson, D Boakye
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PLoS ONE 5(3): e9927

Anopheles gambiae s.s mosquitoes are important vectors of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and malaria in Ghana. To better understand their ecological aspects and influence on disease transmission, we examined the spatial distribution of the An. gambiae (M and S) molecular forms and associated environmental factors, and determined their relationship with disease prevalence.

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