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Modelling and mapping the intra-urban spatial distribution of Plasmodium falciparum parasite rate using very-high-resolution satellite derived indicators

September 23, 2020 - 09:04 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Georganos S, Brousse O, Lennert M, et al.
Reference: 
Int J Health Geogr. 2020 Sep 21;19(1):38

The rapid and often uncontrolled rural–urban migration in Sub-Saharan Africa is transforming urban landscapes expected to provide shelter for more than 50% of Africa’s population by 2030. Consequently, the burden of malaria is increasingly affecting the urban population, while socio-economic inequalities within the urban settings are intensified. Few studies, relying mostly on moderate to high resolution datasets and standard predictive variables such as building and vegetation density, have tackled the topic of modeling intra-urban malaria at the city extent. In this research, we investigate the contribution of very-high-resolution satellite-derived land-use, land-cover and population information for modeling the spatial distribution of urban malaria prevalence across large spatial extents. As case studies, we apply our methods to two Sub-Saharan African cities, Kampala and Dar es Salaam.

Utilization patterns of malaria chemoprophylaxis among Tanzanian children attending sickle cell clinic in Dar es Salaam tertiary hospitals

December 10, 2019 - 08:03 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Esther J. Ndegeulaya, George M. Bwire, Raphael Z. Sangeda, Doreen Mloka, Faustine Tungaraza, Augustino S. Kahere, Fidelis F. Manyaki, Fatuma F. Felician, Manase Kilonzi, Wigilya P. Mikomangwa, Hamu J. Mlyuka, Alphonce I. Marealle, Ritah Mutagonda, Liberata Mwita and Kennedy D. Mwambete
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2019 18:393, 3 December 2019

Malaria is among the leading cause of infection in individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD) living in sub-Saharan Africa, including Tanzania. However, after 2005 the standard treatment guidelines (STGs) on malaria chemoprevention for SCD patients were non-existent, and at present no medicine is recommended for SCD patients. Since several anti-malarials have been approved for the treatment of malaria in Tanzania, it is important to establish if there is a continued use of chemoprevention against malaria among SCD children.

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