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antenatal care

A multicenter study of the prevalence and risk factors of malaria and anemia among pregnant women at first antenatal care visit in Ghana

August 25, 2020 - 07:57 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Fondjo LA, Addai-Mensah O, Annani-Akollor ME, Quarshie JT, Boateng AA, Assafuah SE, Owiredu EW
Reference: 
PLoS One. 2020 Aug 21;15(8):e0238077

Malaria in pregnancy remains a major public health problem in Africa and Ghana and has been associated with a variety of pregnancy-related adverse complications. The development of effective and timely health policies for the prevention and control of malaria and anemia in pregnancy; requires current and consistent data on the prevalence and risk factors. We report the prevalence and risk factors of malaria and anemia from three major hospitals across three regions in Ghana.

Evaluation of highly sensitive diagnostic tools for the detection of P. falciparum in pregnant women attending antenatal care visits in Colombia

August 4, 2020 - 15:37 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Vásquez AM, Vélez G, Medina A, Serra-Casas E, Campillo A, Gonzalez IJ, Murphy SC, Seilie AM, Ding XC, Tobón Castaño A
Reference: 
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Jul 31;20(1):440

In low transmission settings early diagnosis is the main strategy to reduce adverse outcomes of malaria in pregnancy; however, microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are inadequate for detecting low-density infections. We studied the performance of the highly sensitive-RDT (hsRDT) and the loop mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP) for the detection of P. falciparum in pregnant women.

Asymptomatic malaria infection among pregnant women attending antenatal care in malaria endemic areas of North-Shoa, Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

February 14, 2020 - 16:41 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Daniel Getacher Feleke, Aderaw Adamu, Angesom Gebreweld, Melkam Tesfaye, Wondmagegn Demisiss and Genet Molla
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:67, 11 February 2020

The effort to reduce the burden of malaria should target transmission in the community by accurate identification of asymptomatic infections. In malaria-endemic areas, asymptomatic malaria infection is still associated with complications. Malaria during pregnancy is characterized by anaemia and placental malaria, leading to low birth weight and perinatal morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to provide reliable data on the burden of asymptomatic malaria among pregnant women in malaria endemic areas of North-Shoa, Ethiopia.

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