Comparative assessment of diverse strategies for malaria vector population control based on measured rates at which mosquitoes utilize targeted resource subsets
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:338 (28 August 2014)
In this study, the authors describe a technique to predict the potential utilization of resources by mosquitoes that may impact various types of vector control strategies. This study builds upon previous work that quantifies protective coverage of humans resulting from vector control measures and the impact of control measures on the ability of mosquitoes to transmit pathogens. This paper contributes a novel and interesting technique that could have a significant influence on the design and optimization of vector control programmes.
Integrated mapping of lymphatic filariasis and podoconiosis: lessons learnt from Ethiopia
Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7:397 (27 August 2014)
To help target control and elimination efforts we conducted the first integrated mapping of podoconiosis and lymphatic filariasis in Ethiopia. The approach used smartphones linked to a central database for data collection and a clinical algorithm to reliably diagnose podoconiosis by excluding other potential causes of lymphoedema of the lower limb. Integrated mapping of podoconiosis and LF is feasible and can be achieved at reduced costs. Image: A laboratory technician collecting blood for immunochromatographic card tests.
Advancing the application of systems thinking in health: analysing the contextual and social network factors influencing the use of sustainability indicators in a health system – a comparative study in Nepal and Somaliland
Health Research Policy and Systems 2014, 12:46 (26 August 2014)
Measurement of breastfeeding initiation: Ethiopian mothers’ perception about survey questions assessing early initiation of breastfeeding
International Breastfeeding Journal 2014, 9:13 (25 August 2014)
The use of continuous surveys to generate and continuously report high quality timely maternal and newborn health data at the district level in Tanzania and Uganda
Implementation Science 2014, 9:112 (23 August 2014)
Cesarean section in Shanghai: women’s or healthcare provider’s preferences?
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:285 (22 August 2014)
The reliability of a newborn foot length measurement tool used by community volunteers to identify low birth weight or premature babies born at home in southern Tanzania
BMC Public Health 2014, 14:859 (20 August 2014)
Mosquito cell lines: history, isolation, availability and application to assess the threat of arboviral transmission in the United Kingdom
Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7:382 (20 August 2014)
Mosquitoes are highly effective vectors for transmission of human and animal pathogens. This review provides a brief overview of the development of mosquito cell lines, methods of isolation, their availability and application for investigating insect-virus interactions. Image: Aedes vexans cells.
Systematic reviews addressing identified health policy priorities in Eastern Mediterranean countries: a situational analysis
Health Research Policy and Systems 2014, 12:48 (20 August 2014)
A systematic review of resilience and mental health outcomes of conflict-driven adult forced migrants
Conflict and Health 2014, 8:13 (20 August 2014)
A cluster-randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of using 15% DEET topical repellent with long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) compared to a placebo lotion on malaria transmission
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:324 (16 August 2014)
This study assessed whether 15% DEET topical repellent used in combination with LLINs can prevent greater malaria transmission than placebo and LLINs, in rural Tanzania. The intervention did not affect malaria transmission in this setting.
Trends and implications for achieving VISION 2020 human resources for eye health targets in 16 countries of sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2020
Human Resources for Health 2014, 12:45 (15 August 2014)
Mapping human resources for eye health in 21 countries of sub-Saharan Africa: current progress towards VISION 2020
Human Resources for Health 2014, 12:44 (15 August 2014)
The rise of mortality from mental and neurological diseases in Europe, 1979–2009: observational study
BMC Public Health 2014, 14:840 (13 August 2014)
Perceptions of, attitudes towards and barriers to male involvement in newborn care in rural Ghana, West Africa: a qualitative analysis
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:269 (12 August 2014)
Thermal care for newborn babies in rural southern Tanzania: a mixed-method study of barriers, facilitators and potential for behaviour change
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:267 (11 August 2014)
WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: body mass index and level of overweight among 6–9-year-old children from school year 2007/2008 to school year 2009/2010
BMC Public Health 2014, 14:806 (7 August 2014)
Changes in BMI and overweight prevalence in two years vary significantly among European countries and show little decline, suggesting all countries should strengthen their efforts to achieve the European Charter’s goal to reverse the obesity epidemic by 2015.
Maternal and perinatal health research priorities beyond 2015: an international survey and prioritization exercise
Reproductive Health 2014, 11:61 (7 August 2014)
The impact of HIV/SRH service integration on workload: analysis from the Integra Initiative in two African settings
Human Resources for Health 2014, 12:42 (7 August 2014)
Assessing the external validity of a randomized controlled trial of anthelminthics in mothers and their children in Entebbe, Uganda
Trials 2014, 15:310 (6 August 2014)
Computer-assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy for adolescent depression in primary care clinics in Santiago, Chile (YPSA-M): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Trials 2014, 15:309 (5 August 2014)
Risk factors for UK Plasmodium falciparum cases
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:298 (4 August 2014)
The authors describe how the risk of infection has many factors, longer duration of stay and higher transmission rates in the destination country increase the duration of exposure, adherence to preventative measures, transmission intensity (geography), season of travel, age, immunity.
Promoting latrine construction and use in rural villages practicing open defecation: process evaluation in connection with a randomised controlled trial in Orissa, India
BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:486 (1 August 2014)
Assessing the impact of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in children: an exploratory qualitative study
BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:426 (1 August 2014)
Findings from the SASA! Study: a cluster randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of a community mobilization intervention to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV risk in Kampala, Uganda
BMC Medicine 2014, 12:122 (31 July 2014)
In a randomized trial, a community-based intervention aiming to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV-risk behaviors in Uganda successfully reduced acceptance and incidence of IPV, and is now being delivered in other communities.