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Individual, community and region level predictors of insecticide-treated net use among women in Uganda: a multilevel analysis

September 16, 2020 - 12:59 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Yusuf Olushola Kareem and Sanni Yaya
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:337, 16 September 2020

Use of insecticide-treated net (ITN) has been identified by the World Health Organization as an effective approach for malaria prevention. The government of Uganda has instituted measures to enhance ITN supply over the past decade, however, the country ranks third towards the global malaria burden. As a result, this study investigated how individual, community and region level factors affect ITN use among women of reproductive age in Uganda.

Safety of Artemisinin Derivatives in the First Trimester of Pregnancy: A Controversial Story

August 5, 2020 - 16:21 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
D'Alessandro S, Menegola E, Parapini S, Taramelli D, Basilico N
Reference: 
Molecules. 2020 Jul 31;25(15):E3505

Artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as first line treatment for uncomplicated malaria both in adults and children. During pregnancy, ACT is considered safe only in the second and third trimester, since animal studies have demonstrated that artemisinin derivatives can cause foetal death and congenital malformation within a narrow time window in early embryogenesis.

Coverage of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) influences delivery outcomes among women with obstetric referrals at the district level in Ghana

June 26, 2020 - 11:06 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, Daniel K. Arhinful, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Evelyn K. Ansah and Kwadwo A. Koram
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:222, 24 June 2020

The aim of the study was to determine the coverage of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) and its relationship with delivery outcomes among obstetric referral cases at the district level of healthcare.

Individual and contextual correlates of mosquito net use among women in Nigeria

April 10, 2020 - 17:10 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Sulaimon T. Adedokun and Olalekan A. Uthman
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:138, 7 April 2020

Malaria has been described as an urgent public health priority with almost half of the world’s population being at risk. Use of insecticide-treated nets is considered one of the effective ways of preventing malaria. Nigeria, which is ranked among the five countries that are responsible for almost half of the global malaria cases, has less than half of its women population using mosquito nets. This study examined the effects of individual and contextual factors on the use of mosquito nets among women of reproductive age in Nigeria.

Why is WHO failing women with falciparum malaria in the first trimester of pregnancy?

March 17, 2020 - 12:53 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
McGready R, Nosten F, Barnes KI, Mokuolu O, White NJ
Reference: 
Lancet. 2020 Mar 7;395(10226):779

In the opening to WHO's World Malaria Report 2019, subtitled Leaving no one behind in the march to a malaria-free world, WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that the scourge of malaria continues to strike hardest against pregnant women and children in Africa. The Director-General reported that “some 11 million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa were infected with malaria and, consequently, nearly 900 000 children were born with a low birthweight”. Furthermore, he noted that “Malaria in pregnancy compromises the mother's health and puts her at greater risk of death. It impacts the health of the fetus, leading to prematurity and low birthweight, major contributors to neonatal and infant mortality.”

Factors associated with utilization of LLINs among women of child-bearing age in Igabi, Kaduna State, Nigeria

December 16, 2019 - 17:24 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Obafemi J. Babalola, Mohammed N. Sambo, Suleiman H. Idris, Ike-Oluwapo O. Ajayi, Olufemi Ajumobi and Patrick Nguku
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2019 18:412, 10 December 2019

The long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) are effective against prevention of malaria and its utilization has been proven to save lives. Despite the mass distribution of LLIN, Nigeria remains the country with the highest malaria burden in Africa. The awareness of LLIN in Nigeria is high, but the utilization is low. The aim of this work is to describe factors associated with the utilization of LLIN among women of child-bearing age (WCBA) in Igabi, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Utilization of key preventive measures for pregnancy complications and malaria among women in Jimma Zone, Ethiopia

November 8, 2019 - 16:57 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Mariame Ouedraogo, Jaameeta Kurji, Lakew Abebe, Ronald Labonté, Sudhakar Morankar, Kunuz Haji Bedru, Gebeyehu Bulcha, Muluemebet Abera, Beth K. Potter, Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon & Manisha A. Kulkarni
Reference: 
BMC Public Health volume 19, Article number: 1443 (2019)

In Ethiopia, malaria infections and other complications during pregnancy contribute to the high burden of maternal morbidity and mortality. Preventive measures are available, however little is known about the factors influencing the uptake of maternal health services and interventions by pregnant women in Ethiopia.

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