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Clinical Microbiology: Long-lasting insecticide–treated net usage in eastern Sierra Leone – the success of free distribution

March 11, 2010 - 13:08 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Sibylle Gerstl, Sophie Dunkley, Ahmed Mukhtar, Peter Maes, Martin De Smet, Samuel Baker, Jacob Maikere
Reference: 
Tropical Medicine & International Health,Volume 15, Issue 4,April 2010, Pages: 480-488

Our results show that MSF achieved good usage with freely distributed LLINs. It is one of the few areas where results almost achieve the new targets set in 2005 by Roll Back Malaria to have at least 80% of pregnant women and children under 5 years using LLINs by 2010.

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Open Access | Assessment of two malaria rapid diagnostic tests in children under five years of age, with follow-up of false-positive pLDH test results, in a hyperendemic falciparum malaria area, Sierra Leone

January 29, 2010 - 14:23 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Sibylle Gerstl, Sophie Dunkley, Ahmed Mukhtar, Martin De Smet, Samuel Baker, Jacob Maikere
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:28 (21 January 2010)

Both RDTs were highly sensitive, met WHO standards for the detection of falciparum malaria monoinfections where parasitaemia was >100 parasites/mul and were easy to use. CareStartTM persistent false positivity decreased quickly after successful anti-malarial treatment, making it a good choice for a RDT for a hyperendemic falciparum malaria area.

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