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What do malaria program officers want to learn? A survey of perspectives on a proposed malaria short course in Nigeria

October 2, 2021 - 13:15 -- Open Access
Ajumobi O, Afolabi RF, Adewole A, Balogun MS, Nguku P, Ajayi IO
PLoS One. 2021 Sep 29;16(9):e0257890

In disease control, the program officers are vital to the successful implementation of control strategies. However, poor knowledge of the disease and its control, staff attrition, and lack of intentional training for new staff can lead to under-performance and ineffectiveness of interventions. Thus, the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, in collaboration with National Malaria Elimination Program, planned a malaria short course (MSC) to strengthen the capacity of current program managers and incoming staff. To guide the development of the curriculum for the MSC, we conducted a needs assessment survey to ascertain the perceived usefulness of the MSC, the priority rating of MSC thematic domains and associated factors.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Novel Therapeutic Approach to Enhance Protective Immunomodulation and Erythropoietic Recovery in Malaria

June 16, 2021 - 09:54 -- Open Access
Kalkal M, Tiwari M, Thakur RS, Awasthi V, Pande V, Chattopadhyay D, Das J
Stem Cell Rev Rep. 2021 Jun 12

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are self-renewing, multi-potent heterogeneous stem cells that display strong tissue protective and restorative properties by differentiating into cells of the mesodermal lineages. In addition to multi-lineage differentiation capacity, MSCs play important roles in regulating immune responses, inflammation, and tissue regeneration. MSCs play a role in the outcome of the pathogenesis of several infectious diseases. A unique subset of MSCs accumulates in secondary lymphoid organs during malaria disease progression.

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