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Prevalence and associated risk factors of asymptomatic malaria and anaemia among school-aged children in Dara Mallo and Uba Debretsehay districts: results from baseline cluster randomized trial

October 27, 2021 - 14:00 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Zerihun Zerdo, Hilde Bastiaens, Sibyl Anthierens, Fekadu Massebo, Matewos Masne, Gelila Biresaw, Misgun Shewangizaw, Abayneh Tunje, Yilma Chisha, Tsegaye Yohannes and Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2021 20:400, 13 October 2021

Despite the growing evidence that malaria and anaemia are two interlinked health problems of school-aged children (SAC) in developing countries, there is scarce information about malaria among SAC in Ethiopia. Moreover, anaemia-related studies were more concentrated in easily accessible areas. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of malaria and anaemia and corresponding risk factors among SAC in Dara Mallo and Uba Debretshay districts, in hard to reach areas, so as to inform appropriate integrated interventions for both diseases.

NOT Open Access | Sizing the reservoirs of malaria transmission: the contribution of school-aged children

June 23, 2021 - 13:55 -- NOT Open Access
Author(s): 
Mayor A, Bassat Q
Reference: 
Lancet Infect Dis. 2021 Jun 16:S1473-3099(21)00130-4

Peaceful coexistence with the infected host, commonly not causing clinical symptoms, is a frequent but poorly understood effect for many human pathogens, including Plasmodium falciparum.

Polyparasitism with Schistosoma haematobium, Plasmodium and soil-transmitted helminths in school-aged children in Muyuka-Cameroon following implementation of control measures: a cross sectional study

February 25, 2021 - 10:05 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Sumbele IUN, Otia OV, Bopda OSM, Ebai CB, Kimbi HK, Nkuo-Akenji T
Reference: 
Infect Dis Poverty. 2021 Feb 17;10(1):14

Despite the ubiquity of polyparasitism, its health impacts have been inadequately studied. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and determinants of polyparasitism with Schistosoma haematobium, Plasmodium and soil-transmitted helminths (STH) following sustained control measures, as well as evaluate the outcomes and clinical correlates of infection in school-aged children (SAC) living in the schistosomiasis endemic focus of Muyuka-Cameroon.

Preventive malaria treatment among school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analyses

December 3, 2020 - 12:27 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Cohee LM, Opondo C, Chico RM, et al.
Reference: 
Lancet Glob Health. 2020 Dec;8(12):e1499-e1511

The burden of malaria infection in sub-Saharan Africa among school-aged children aged 5–15 years is underappreciated and represents an important source of human-to-mosquito transmission of Plasmodium falciparum. Additional interventions are needed to control and eliminate malaria. We aimed to assess whether preventive treatment of malaria might be an effective means of reducing P falciparum infection and anaemia in school-aged children and lowering parasite transmission.

A survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding malaria and bed nets on Bubaque Island, Guinea-Bissau

November 17, 2020 - 13:33 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Harry Hutchins, Grace Power, Thomas Ant, Eunice Teixeira da Silva, Adriana Goncalves, Amabelia Rodrigues, James Logan, David Mabey and Anna Last
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:412, 17 November 2020

Malaria remains a significant public health problem in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Government control measures include bed net distribution campaigns, however, local knowledge, attitudes and practices towards bed nets and malaria are uncharacterized on the remote Bijagos Archipelago.

Parents' perception on cause of malaria and their malaria prevention experience among school-aged children in Kutcha district, Southern Ethiopia; qualitative study

October 14, 2020 - 12:37 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Zerdo Z, Van Geertruyden JP, Massebo F, Biresaw G, Shewangizawu M, Tunje A, Chisha Y, Yohanes T, Bastiaens H, Anthierens S
Reference: 
PLoS One. 2020 Oct 13;15(10):e0239728

School-aged children become a highly vulnerable group for malaria, yet they are less likely to use malaria prevention interventions. Previous studies exploring perception on cause of malaria mainly focused on pregnant mothers or parents of children under age five years. Exploring parent’s perception on cause of malaria and their experiences on the prevention of malaria and associated challenges among school-aged children is important to develop a malaria prevention education package for school-aged children to reduce malaria and malaria related morbidities among school-aged children.

Influence of malaria, soil-transmitted helminths and malnutrition on haemoglobin level among school-aged children in Muyuka, Southwest Cameroon: A cross-sectional study on outcomes

April 6, 2020 - 08:02 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Sumbele IUN, Nkain AJ, Ning TR, Anchang-Kimbi JK, Kimbi HK
Reference: 
PLoS One. 2020 Mar 30;15(3):e0230882

The health of school-aged children (SAC) is often compromised by malaria parasitaemia (MP), soil-transmitted helminths (STH), and malnutrition in the tropics. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and influence of MP, STH and malnutrition on haemoglobin (Hb) levels as well as identify its predictors.

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