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Prevalence and risk factors associated with asymptomatic malaria among school children: repeated cross-sectional surveys of school children in two ecological zones in Ghana

September 23, 2021 - 10:39 -- Open Access
Mensah BA, Myers-Hansen JL, Obeng Amoako E, Opoku M, Abuaku BK, Ghansah A
BMC Public Health. 2021 Sep 17;21(1):1697

Asymptomatic Plasmodium infections significantly drive malaria transmission and impact control and elimination strategies, but are largely uncharacterized. We investigated the prevalence and risk factors of asymptomatic malaria infections to inform malaria control strategies in Ghana.

Knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) to assess the impact of school children's awareness of malaria using the MOSKI KIT® tool: study case of some Dakar schools in Senegal

July 14, 2021 - 11:04 -- Open Access
Isaac Akhénaton Manga, Aïssatou Gaye, Aliou Dia, Ekoue Kouevidjin, Maria Rosa Dos Reis, Aboubakry Sadikh Niang, Amy Ndao Fall, Christelle Maitre Anquetil and Jean Louis Abdourahim Ndiaye
Malaria Journal 2021 20:310, 10 July 2021

MOSKI KIT® is a fun tool designed to interest children for prevention and management of malaria. This study was carried out with the objective to assess the short- and long-term impacts of this tool on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of school children, and on the transmission of the knowledge received at the household level as well.

Confounding influences of malnutrition and Plasmodium falciparum and Schistosoma haematobium infections on haematological parameters in school children in Muyuka, Cameroon

May 26, 2021 - 14:22 -- Open Access
Sumbele IUN, Otia OV, Francis L, Bopda OSM, Ebai CB, Ning TR, Kimbi HKK, Nkuo-Akenji T
BMC Infect Dis. 2021 May 25;21(1):477

School-aged children (SAC) are a high-risk demographic group for infectious diseases and malnutrition. The objective of this study was to assess the burden and the effect of Plasmodium falciparum and Schistosoma haematobium infections on the haematological indices in SAC and the confounding influence of malnutrition on the outcomes.

Effectiveness of the school-based social and behaviour change communication interventions on insecticide-treated nets utilization among primary school children in rural Ethiopia: a controlled quasi-experimental design

January 13, 2021 - 10:29 -- Open Access
Fira Abamecha, Morankar Sudhakar, Lakew Abebe, Yohannes Kebede, Guda Alemayehu and Zewdie Birhanu
Malaria Journal 2021 20:41, 13 January 2021

School-based behaviour change communication interventions could help to achieve behavioural changes in the school and enhance the enrollment of the students and teachers as health messengers to local communities. Evidence on the impacts of the school-engaged malaria preventive interventions are limited as far as the social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) is concerned. This study examined the effectiveness of the school-based SBCC approach on insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) utilization among primary school students in malaria-endemic settings of Ethiopia.

Impact of Three-Year Intermittent Preventive Treatment Using Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapies on Malaria Morbidity in Malian Schoolchildren

September 23, 2020 - 08:57 -- Open Access
Maiga H, Barger B, Djimde AA, et al.
Trop Med Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 17;5(3):E148

Previous studies have shown that a single season of intermittent preventive treatment in schoolchildren (IPTsc) targeting the transmission season has reduced the rates of clinical malaria, all-cause clinic visits, asymptomatic parasitemia, and anemia. Efficacy over the course of multiple years of IPTsc has been scantly investigated.

Sub-national stratification of malaria risk in mainland Tanzania: a simplified assembly of survey and routine data

May 12, 2020 - 16:37 -- Open Access
Sumaiyya G. Thawer, Frank Chacky, Fabrizio Molteni, et al.
Malaria Journal 2020 19:177, 8 May 2020

Recent malaria control efforts in mainland Tanzania have led to progressive changes in the prevalence of malaria infection in children, from 18.1% (2008) to 7.3% (2017). As the landscape of malaria transmission changes, a sub-national stratification becomes crucial for optimized cost-effective implementation of interventions. This paper describes the processes, data and outputs of the approach used to produce a simplified, pragmatic malaria risk stratification of 184 councils in mainland Tanzania.

Diversity and Multiplicity of P. falciparum infections among asymptomatic school children in Mbita, Western Kenya

April 6, 2020 - 16:08 -- Open Access
Touray AO, Mobegi VA, Wamunyokoli F, Herren JK
Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 3;10(1):5924

Multiplicity of infection (MOI) and genetic diversity of P. falciparum infections are important surrogate indicators for assessing malaria transmission intensity in different regions of endemicity. Determination of MOI and diversity of P. falciparum among asymptomatic carriers will enhance our understanding of parasite biology and transmission to mosquito vectors.

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