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Open Access | Comparison of real-time PCR and microscopy for malaria parasite detection in Malawian pregnant women

October 11, 2010 - 08:10 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Rantala A, Taylor SM, Trottman PA, Luntamo M, Mbewe B, Maleta K, Kulmala T, Ashorn P, Meshnick SR
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:269 (6 October 2010)

Although microscopy remains the most appropriate method for clinical malaria diagnosis in field settings, molecular diagnostics such as real-time PCR offer a more reliable means to detect malaria parasites, particularly at low levels.

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Open Access | Safety of artemether-lumefantrine in pregnant women with malaria: results of a prospective cohort study in Zambia

September 2, 2010 - 12:01 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Author(s): 
Manyando C, Mkandawire R, Puma L, Sinkala M, Mpabalwani E, Njunju E, Gomes M, Ribeiro I, Walter V, Virtanen M, Schlienger R, Cousin M, Chipimo M, Sullivan FM
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:249 (1 September 2010)

These data suggest that exposure to AL in pregnancy, including first trimester, is not associated with particular safety risks in terms of perinatal mortality, malformations, or developmental impairment. However, more data are required on AL use during the first trimester.

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The effect of timing and frequency of Plasmodium falciparum infection during pregnancy on the risk of low birth weight and maternal anemia

May 11, 2010 - 13:35 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Linda Kalilani, Innocent Mofolo, Marjorie Chaponda, Stephen J. Rogerson, Steven R. Meshnick
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Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 104, Issue 6, June 2010, Pages 416-422

Birth weight and maternal hemoglobin were measured at delivery. The association between timing and frequency of infection and LBW and maternal anemia was analyzed using a binomial regression model.

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Open Access | Effect of training on the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets on the burden of malaria among vulnerable groups, south-west Ethiopia: baseline results of a cluster randomized trial

May 11, 2010 - 07:16 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Deribew A, Alemseged F, Birhanu Z, Sena L, Tegegn A, Zeynudin A, Dejene T, Sudhakar M, Abdo N, Tessema F
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:121 (10 May 2010)

The availability and utilization of LLITN was low in the study area. The prevalence of malaria and anaemia was high. Intervention strategies of malaria should focus on high risk population and vulnerable groups.

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Open Access | Bayesian modelling of the effect of climate on malaria in Burundi

April 30, 2010 - 07:42 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Nkurunziza H, Gebhardt A, Pilz J
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:114 (29 April 2010)

The results obtained from the proposed models are discussed and it is found that malaria incidence in a given month in Burundi is strongly positively associated with the minimum temperature of the previous month. In contrast, it is found that rainfall and maximum temperature in a given month have a possible negative effect on malaria incidence of the same month.

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Policy brief on improving access to artemisinin-based combination therapies for malaria in Central African Republic

April 20, 2010 - 15:20 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Gérard Gresengueta, Méthode Moyena, Boniface Koffia and Jean Pierre Bangamingoa
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International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 26: 242-245 2010

In the Central African Republic (CAR) malaria is a major public health problem and hampers socioeconomic development. It accounts for 40 percent of complaints and 10 percent of deaths in health facilities (15;17).

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Malaria Parasitemia and CD4 T Cell Count, Viral Load, and Adverse HIV Outcomes Among HIV-Infected Pregnant Women in Tanzania

April 13, 2010 - 07:40 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Molly F. Franke, Donna Spiegelman, Amara Ezeamama, Said Aboud, Gernard I. Msamanga, Saurabh Mehta, AND Wafaie W. Fawzi
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American Journal of Tropical Medicine Hygien, Vol 82 : 4, 2010, pp. 556-562

Parasitemia level was nonlinearly associated with viral load at baseline and among measurements taken > 90 days post-baseline; women with low baseline parasitemia, versus none, had higher viral loads at both time points.

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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 |Differential Recognition of P. falciparum VAR2CSA Domains by Naturally Acquired Antibodies in Pregnant Women from a Malaria Endemic Area

February 26, 2010 - 17:15 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Kim J. M. Brolin, Kristina E. M. Persson, Mats Wahlgren, Stephen J. Rogerson, Qijun Chen
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PLoS ONE 5(2): e9230

Understanding the characteristics of antibody response against VAR2CSA is undoubtedly imperative in order to design a functional and efficient vaccine against PAM.

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Open Access | Assessment of a national voucher scheme to deliver insecticide-treated mosquito nets to pregnant women

February 15, 2010 - 12:38 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Tanya Marchant, David Schellenberg, Rose Nathan, Joanna Armstrong-Schellenberg, Hadji Mponda, Caroline Jones, Yovitha Sedekia, Jane Bruce, and Kara Hanson
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Can. Med. Assoc. J. 2010; 182:152-156

We analyzed the process involved in the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme, a system for delivering insecticide-treated mosquito nets to pregnant women. We aimed to identify potential ways to equitably improve overall coverage of the intervention.

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