NTD News for Africa

July 2014
Short-Term Malaria Reduction by Single-Dose Azithromycin during Mass Drug Administration for Trachoma, Tanzania. Schachterle, SE, et al. Emerg Infect Dis 2014;20(6):941-9
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June 2014
African Program for Onchocerciasis Control 1995-2015: Updated Health Impact Estimates Based on New Disability Weights. Coffeng LE, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014 Jun 5;8(6):e2759.
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May 2014
The effect of multiple rounds of mass drug administration on the association between ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infection and follicular trachoma in pre-school-aged children. Lee JS et al. PLoS Neg Trop Dis 8(4):e2761. doi :10.1371/journal.pntd.0002761.
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April 2014
Childhood malnutrition and parasitic helminth interactions. Papier K, et al. Clin Infect Dis 2014 April 4 [Epub ahead of print]
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March 2014
Comparison of Three Quality of Life Instruments in Lymphatic Filariasis: DLQI, WHODAS 2.0, and LFSQQ. Thomas C, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2014, 8(2): e2716
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February 2014
Soil-transmitted helminth infection and nutritional status among urban slum children in Kenya
Suchdev PS, et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2014, 90(2):299-305. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0560
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January 2014
Schistosomiasis: number of people receiving preventive chemotherapy in 2012
World Health Organization, Weekly epidemiological record 2014 89(2):21-28
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December 2013
Increasing teacher motivation and supervision is an important but not sufficient strategy for improving praziquantel uptake in Schistosoma mansoni control programs: serial cross sectional surveys in Uganda
Muhumuza S, et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013, 13:590
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November 2013
The impact of climatic risk factors on the prevalence, distribution and severity of acute and chronic trachoma
Ramesh A. et al. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2013, 7(11): e2513
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October 2013
Measuring treatment coverage for Neglected Tropical Disease Control Programs: Analysis of a Survey Design : Baker MC, et al. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;178(2):268-75. doi: 10.1093/aje/kws468
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September 2013
The Outcome of Trachomatous Trichiasis Surgery in Ethiopia: Risk Factors for Recurrence. Rajak S. N. et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 7(8): e2392 doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002392 
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Geographical factors affecting bed net ownership, a tool for the elimination of Anopheles-transmitted lymphatic filariasis in hard-to-reach communities.  
 Stanton MC,  Bockarie MJ, Kelly-Hope LA. PLoS ONE 2013 8(1): e53755

August 2013
Geographical factors affecting bed net ownership, a tool for the elimination of Anopheles-transmitted lymphatic filariasis in hard-to-reach communities. Stanton MC,  Bockarie MJ, Kelly-Hope LA. PLoS ONE 2013 8(1): e53755
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July 2013
Can malaria vector control accelerate the interruption of lymphatic filariasis transmission in Africa; capturing a window of opportunity? Kelly-Hope LA, Molyneux DH, Bockarie MJ. Parasit Vectors. 2013 Feb 22;6:39. 
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June 2013
Uncertainty Surrounding Projections of the Long-Term Impact of Ivermectin Treatment on Human Onchocerciasis Turner HC, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2013, 7(4): e2169. 
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May 2013
Schistosomiasis in African infants and preschool children: let them now be treated!J. Russell Stothard, et al. Trends in Parasitology 2013, 29(4):197-205 
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April 2013
Impact of Community-Based Lymphedema Management on Perceived Disability among Patients with Lymphatic Filariasis in Orissa State, India. Budge, P.J. et al. (2013). PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7(3):e2100. doi:10.1371 /journal.pntd.0002100
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March 2013
Worms, wisdom, and wealth: why deworming can make economic sense
Bundy DA, Walson JL, Watkins KL (2013). Trends Parasitology. 2013 Mar; 29(3):142-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2012.12.003
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February 2013
Why do people not attend for treatment for trachomatous trichiasis in Ethiopia? A study of barriers to surgery. Rajak S.N. et al. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2012 August;6(8):e1766.
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January 2013
Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases: second WHO report on neglected tropical diseases. World Health Organization, 2013 [full document available at http://www.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/77950/1/9789241564540_eng.pdf]
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December 2012
Doxycycline Improves Filarial Lymphoedema Independent of Active Filarial Infection: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Mand S et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2012 Sep;55(5):621-30. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis486
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November 2012
Optimizing molluscicide treatment strategies in different control stages of schistosomiasis in the People's Republic of China. Yang GJ, et al. Parasit Vectors 2012 Nov 14;5(1):260
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October 2012
Proof-of-Principle of Onchocerciasis Elimination with Ivermectin Treatment in Endemic Foci in Africa: Final Results of a Study in Mali and Senegal. Traore MO et al, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 6(9): e1825. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001825
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September 2012
Drug coverage surveys for neglected tropical diseases: 10 years of field experience.Worrell C, Mathieu E. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012, 87(2):216-22.
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August 2012
Neglected tropical diseases and mental health: a perspective on comorbidity. 
Litt E, Baker MC and Molyneux D Trends in Parasitology 2012;28(5):195-201
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July 2012
Efficacy of praziquantel syrup versus crushed praziquantel tablets in the treatment of intestinal schistosomiasis in Ugandan preschool children, with observation on compliance and safety. Navaratnama A.M.D. et al. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2012;106:400-7 
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June 2012
The role of nutrition in integrated programs to control neglected tropical diseases
Hall, A. et al BMC Medicine 2012, 10:41 
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May 2012
Community Risk Factors for Ocular Chlamydia Infection in Niger: Pre-Treatment Results from a Cluster-Randomized Trachoma Trial. Abdou Amza et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 6(4): e1586.
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April 2012
Implementing Preventive Chemotherapy through an Integrated National Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program in Mali. Massitan Dembélé, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis6(3): e1574. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001574 
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March 2012
Lymphatic filariasis in the Democratic Republic of Congo; micro-stratification overlap mapping (MOM) as a prerequisite for control and surveillance.
Kelly-HopeLA, Thomas BC, Bockarie MJ, Molyneux DH. Parasit Vectors2011; 4:178. 
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February 2012
Effect of sanitation on soil-transmitted helminth infection: systematic review and meta-analysis. Sonia Pelletreau, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis5(11): e1380. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001380
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January 2012
Geographical analysis of the role of water supply and sanitation in the risk of helminth infections of children in West Africa. Soares Magalhães RJ, Barnett AG, Clements AC. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2011 Dec 13;108(50):20084-9. Epub 2011 Nov 28. 
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December 2011
The Field-Testing of a Novel Integrated Mapping Protocol for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Sonia Pelletreau, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis5(11): e1380. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001380
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November 2011
Importance of ivermectin to human onchocerciasis: past, present, and future. Cupp EW, Mackenzie CD, Unnasch T. Research and reports in Tropical Medicine 2011,2:81-92 
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October 2011
Planning schistosomiasis control: investigation of alternative sampling strategies forSchistosoma mansoni to target mass drug administration of praziquantel in East Africa. Sturrock HJW et al. International Health 2011 3:165-175
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September 2011
Number of years of annual mass treatment with azithromycin needed to control trachoma in hyper-endemic communities in Tanzania. West SK et al. The Journal of Infectious Diseases 2011;204:268–73
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August 2011
Short Report: Ivermectin Mass Drug Administration to Humans Disrupts Malaria Parasite Transmission in Senegalese Villages Kobylinski K.C., Sylla, M., Chapman, P.L., Sarr, M.D., Foy, B.D. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 2011; 85(1):3-5 
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July 2011
Sustained reduction in prevalence of lymphatic filariasis infection in spite of missed rounds of mass drug administration in an area under mosquito nets for malaria control. Njenga S. et al.Parasites & Vectors 2011 May 25; 4(1):90
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June 2011
From morbidity control to transmission control: time to change tactics against helminths on Unguja Island, Zanzibar
Knopp, S. et al. Acta Tropica 2011 May 7 
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May 2011 
Rapid community identification, pain and distress associated with lymphedema and adenolymphangitis due to lymphatic filariasis in resource-limited communities of North-eastern Nigeria. Akogun O.B. et al. Acta Trop 2011 Apr 4 
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April 2011
A randomised controlled clinical trial on the safety of co-administration of albendazole, ivermectin and praziquantel in infected schoolchildren in UgandaHarriet Namwanje et al. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2011;105:181–8
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Mar 2011
Incremental cost of conducting population-based prevalence surveys for a neglected tropical disease: the example of trachoma in 8 national programs. Chaoqun Chen et al. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2011, 5(3):e979. 
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December 2010 
The 6th Meeting of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis: A half-time review of lymphatic filariasis elimination and its integration with the control of other neglected tropical diseases. David Addiss and The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis,Parasit Vectors2010; 3(1):100.
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November 2010 
Control of neglected tropical diseases needs a long-term commitment. Zhang Y et al. BMC Medicine, 2010, 8:67 (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/8/67)
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October 2010 
Impact of repeated four-monthly anthelminthic treatment on Plasmodium
infection in preschool children: a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial.KirwanP et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2010 10:277
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September 2010 
Community-directed interventions for priority health problems in Africa: results of a multicountry study. The CDI Study Group, Bull World Health Organ 2010;88:509-518
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Geographical factors affecting bed net ownership, a tool for the elimination of Anopheles-transmitted lymphatic filariasis in hard-to-reach communities.     Stanton MC,  Bockarie MJ, Kelly-Hope LA. PLoS ONE 2013 8(1): e53755