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Open Access | Users' and health service providers' perception on quality of laboratory malaria diagnosis in Tanzania

April 20, 2011 - 11:16 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Yahya A Derua, Deus RS Ishengoma, Rwehumbiza T Rwegoshora, Filemoni Tenu, Julius J Massaga, Leonard EG Mboera, Stephen M Magesa
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2011, 10:78 (6 April 2011)

The findings show that laboratory personnel were not satisfied with the prevailing working conditions, which were reported to undermine laboratory performance.

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Open Access | Examining appropriate diagnosis and treatment of malaria: availability and use of rapid diagnostic tests and artemisinin-based combination therapy in public and private health facilities in south east Nigeria

August 17, 2010 - 13:46 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Uzochukwu BS, Chiegboka LO, Enwereuzo C, Nwosu U, Okorafor D, Onwujekwe OE, Uguru NP, Sibeudu FT, Ezeoke OP
Reference: 
BMC Public Health 2010, 10:486 (16 August 2010)

The study was undertaken in Enugu state, southeast Nigeria in March 2009. Data was collected from heads of 74 public and private health facilities on the availability and use of RDTs and ACTs. Also, the availability of RDTs and the types of ACTs that were available in the facilities were documented.

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Open Access | Use of RDTs to improve malaria diagnosis and fever case management at primary health care facilities in Uganda

July 13, 2010 - 14:54 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Kyabayinze DJ, Asiimwe C, Nakanjako D, Nabakooza J, Counihan H, Tibenderana JK
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:200 (12 July 2010)

Use of RDTs resulted in a 2-fold reduction in anti-malarial drug prescription at LLHCFs. The study demonstrated that RDT use is feasible at LLHCFs, and can lead to better targetting of malaria treatment.

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Open Access | Malaria rapid diagnostic tests: Plasmodium falciparum infections with high parasite densities may generate false positive Plasmodium vivax pLDH lines

July 12, 2010 - 14:50 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Maltha J, Gillet P, Cnops L, van den Ende J, van Esbroeck M, Jacobs J
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:198 (10 July 2010)

False positive Pv-pLDH lines in P. falciparum samples with high parasite density occurred in 6/9 P. vivax-specific RDTs. This is of concern as P. falciparum and P. vivax are co-circulating in many regions. The diagnosis of life-threatening P. falciparum malaria may be missed (two-band Pv-pLDH RDT), or the patient may be treated incorrectly with primaquine (three- or four-band RDTs).

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Open Access | Cost Savings with Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria in Low-Transmission Areas: Evidence from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

July 2, 2010 - 13:28 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Joshua Yukich, Valerie D'Acremont, Judith Kahama, Ndeniria Swai, AND Christian Lengeler
Reference: 
Am J Trop Med Hyg, Jul 2010; 83: 61 - 68.

Data on costs were collected from 259 patients in 6 health facilities by using exit and in-charge interviews and record reviews during a trial of RDT rollout in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Comparison of Parascreen Pan/Pf, Paracheck Pf and light microscopy for detection of malaria among febrile patients, Northwest Ethiopia

June 7, 2010 - 09:54 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Tekola E., Patricia M., et al.
Reference: 
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 104, Issue 7, July 2010, Pages 467-474

Two malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), Parascreen Pan/Pf® and Paracheck Pf®, were tested in rural health centres in Ethiopia against independent expert microscopy (the gold standard).

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Correspondence: Diagnostic importance of headache as a key symptom in suspecting malaria in adult returning travelers

December 5, 2009 - 16:21 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Francisco M. Pherez, Burke A. Cunha
Reference: 
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2009, Pages 383-384. doi:10.1016/j.tmaid.2009.09.004

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