• Active Case-Finding for Tuberculosis by Mobile Teams in Myanmar: Yield and Treatment Outcomes

      Myint, O; Saw, S; Isaakidis, P; Khogali, M; Reid, A; Hoa, N; Kyaw, T; Zaw, K; Khaing, T; Aung, S (BioMed Central, 2017-06-02)
      Since 2005, the Myanmar National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) has been implementing active case finding (ACF) activities involving mobile teams in hard-to-reach areas. This study revealed the contribution of mobile team activities to total tuberculosis (TB) case detection, characteristics of TB patients detected by mobile teams and their treatment outcomes.
    • Building operational research capacity in the Pacific

      Bissel, K; Viney, K; Brostrom, R; Gounder, S; Khogali, M; Kishore, K; Kool, B; Kumar, A M V; Manzi, M; Marais, B; et al. (The Union, 2014-06-21)
      Operational research (OR) in public health aims to investigate strategies, interventions, tools or knowledge that can enhance the quality, coverage, effectiveness or performance of health systems. Attention has recently been drawn to the lack of OR capacity in public health programmes throughout the Pacific Islands, despite considerable investment in implementation. This lack of ongoing and critical reflection may prevent health programme staff from understanding why programme objectives are not being fully achieved, and hinder long-term gains in public health. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) has been collaborating with Pacific agencies to conduct OR courses based on the training model developed by The Union and Médecins Sans Frontières Brussels-Luxembourg in 2009. The first of these commenced in 2011 in collaboration with the Fiji National University, the Fiji Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and other partners. The Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community organised a second course for participants from other Pacific Island countries and territories in 2012, and an additional course for Fijian participants commenced in 2013. Twelve participants enrolled in each of the three courses. Of the two courses completed by end 2013, 18 of 24 participants completed their OR and submitted papers by the course deadline, and 17 papers have been published to date. This article describes the context, process and outputs of the Pacific courses, as well as innovations, adaptations and challenges.
    • Building the capacity of public health programmes to become data rich, information rich and action rich

      Harries, AD; Khogali, M; Kumar, AMV; Satyanarayana, S; Takarinda, KC; Karpati, A; Olliaro, P; Zachariah, R (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2018-06-21)
      Good quality, timely data are the cornerstone of health systems, but in many countries these data are not used for evidence-informed decision making and/or for improving public health. The SORT IT (Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative) model has, over 8 years, trained health workers in low- and middle-income countries to use data to answer important public health questions by taking research projects through to completion and publication in national or international journals. The D2P (data to policy) training initiative is relatively new, and it teaches health workers how to apply 'decision analysis' and develop policy briefs for policy makers: this includes description of a problem and the available evidence, quantitative comparisons of policy options that take into account predicted health and economic impacts, and political and feasibility assessments. Policies adopted from evidence-based information generated through the SORT IT and D2P approaches can be evaluated to assess their impact, and the cycle repeated to identify and resolve new public health problems. Ministries of Health could benefit from this twin-training approach to make themselves 'data rich, information rich and action rich', and thereby use routinely collected data in a synergistic manner to improve public health policy making and health care delivery.
    • Characteristics, utilisation and influence of viewpoint articles from the Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) – 2009-2020

      Khogali, M; Tayler-Smith, K; Harries, AD; Zachariah, R; Kumar, A; Davtyan, H; Satyanarayana, S; Denisiuk, O; van Griensven, J; Reid, A; et al. (F1000Research, 2021-03-21)
      Background: The Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) teaches the practical skills of conducting and publishing operational research (OR) to influence health policy and/or practice. In addition to original research articles, viewpoint articles are also produced and published as secondary outputs of SORT IT courses. We assessed the characteristics, use and influence of viewpoint articles derived from all SORT IT courses. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving all published viewpoint articles derived from the SORT IT courses held from August 2009 - March 2020. Characteristics of these papers were sourced from the papers themselves and from SORT-IT members involved in writing the papers. Data on use were sourced from the metrics provided on the online publishing platforms and from Google Scholar. Influence on policy and practice was self-assessed by the authors of the papers and was performed only for papers deemed to be ‘calls for action’. Results: A total of 41 viewpoint papers were published. Of these, 15 (37%) were ‘calls for action’. In total, 31 (76%) were published in open-access journals and the remaining 10 in delayed access journals. In 12 (29%) of the papers, first authors were from low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Female authors (54%) were included in 22, but only four (10%) and two (5%) of first and last authors respectively, were female. Only seven (17%) papers had available data regarding online views and downloads. The median citation score for the papers was four (IQR 1-9). Of the 15 ‘call for action’ papers, six influenced OR capacity building, two influenced policy and practice, and three influenced both OR capacity building within SORT IT and policy and practice. Conclusion: Viewpoint articles generated during SORT IT courses appear to complement original OR studies and are valued contributors to the dissemination of OR practices in LMICs.
    • Childhood immunization in Bungoma County, Kenya, from 2008 to 2011: need for improved uptake

      Mbuthia, G W; Harries, A D; Obala, A A; Nyamogoba, H D N; Simiyu, C; Edginton, M E; Khogali, M; Hedt-Gauthier, B L; Otsyla, B K (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-03)
      Uptake of immunisations in children aged 1–2 years in Bungoma County, Kenya, was determined as part of the 6-monthly Health and Demographic Surveillance System surveys. A total of 2699 children were assessed between 2008 and 2011. During this time period, full immunisation declined significantly from 84% to 58%,and measles vaccine declined uptake from 89% to 60%(P<0.001). Each year there was a significant fall-off for the third doses of the oral polio and pentavalent vaccines(P<0.001). These findings are of concern, as low immunisation coverage may lead to vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Further investigations into the reasons for declining immunisation trends are required.
    • Different Challenges, Different Approaches and Related Expenditures of Community-Based Tuberculosis Activities by International Non-Governmental Organizations in Myanmar

      Han, WW; Saw, S; Isaakidis, P; Khogali, M; Reid, A; Hoa, N; Zaw, KK; Aung, ST (BioMed Central, 2017-03-24)
      International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) have been implementing community-based tuberculosis (TB) care (CBTBC) in Myanmar since 2011. Although the National TB Programme (NTP) ultimately plans to take over CBTBC, there have been no evaluations of the models of care or of the costs of providing CBTBC in Myanmar by INGOs.
    • HIV Testing, Antiretroviral Therapy, and Treatment Outcomes in New Cases of Tuberculosis in Brazil, 2011

      Torrens, A; Bartholomay, P; Silva, S; Khogali, M; Verdonck, K; Bissell, K (Scielo Public Health, 2016-01-01)
      Objective To assess the implementation of HIV-related interventions for patients with tuberculosis (TB), as well as TB treatment outcomes in patients coinfected with HIV in Brazil in 2011. Methods This was a cross-sectional, operational research study of HIV-related interventions among TB cases and the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of TB-HIV coinfected patients. It also used a retrospective cohort design to determine the association between antiretroviral therapy (ART) and favorable TB treatment outcomes. The source of data was a linkage of 2011 administrative health databases used by the National TB and HIV/AIDS Programs. Results Of 73 741 new cases of TB reported, 63.6% (46 865 patients) were tested for HIV; 10.3% were positive. Of patients with HIV, 45.9% or 3 502 were on ART. TB favorable outcome was achieved in 63.1% or 2 205 coinfected patients on ART and in only 35.4% or 1 459 of those not on ART. On multivariate analysis, the relative risk for the association between ART and TB treatment success was 1.72 (95% Confidence Interval = 1.64-1.81). Conclusions The linkage between national TB and HIV datasets has created a convenient baseline for ongoing monitoring of HIV testing, ART use, and TB treatment outcomes among coinfected patients. The low rates of HIV screening and ART use in 2011 need to be improved. The association between ART and treatment success adds to the evidence supporting timely initiation of ART for all patients with TB-HIV coinfection.
    • How well are asthma treatment cards filled out in public health centres in Gazeera State, Sudan?

      Kodouda, S F; Zachariah, R; Khogali, M; van Grievensen, J; Saeed, M; Ibrahim, E H; Schneider, S; Adulazeem, S; El Sadig, H A; Atta, R; et al. (The Union, 2014-06-21)
    • Infective endocarditis in Ethiopian children: a hospital based review of cases in Addis Ababa

      Moges, T; Gedlu, E; Isaakidis, P; Kumar, A; Den, R V; Khogali, M; Mekasha, A; Hinderaker, S G (African Field Epidemiology Network, 2015-01-28)
    • Intensive-Phase Treatment Outcomes among Hospitalized Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients: Results from a Nationwide Cohort in Nigeria

      Oladimeji, O; Isaakidis, P; Obasanya, O J; Eltayeb, O; Khogali, M; Van den Bergh, R; Kumar, A M V; Hinderaker, S G; Abdurrahman, S T; Lawson, L; et al. (Public Library of Science, 2014-04)
      Nigeria is faced with a high burden of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Treatment outcomes among MDR-TB patients registered across the globe have been poor, partly due to high loss-to-follow-up. To address this challenge, MDR-TB patients in Nigeria are hospitalized during the intensive-phase(IP) of treatment (first 6-8 months) and are provided with a package of care including standardized MDR-TB treatment regimen, antiretroviral therapy (ART) and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis (CPT) for HIV-infected patients, nutritional and psychosocial support. In this study, we report the end-IP treatment outcomes among them.
    • Non-monetary incentives for pregnant women and antenatal attendance among Ethiopian pastoralists

      Zachariah, R; De Smet, M; Etienne, W; Khogali, M; van Den Bergh, R; Veerman, R; Harries, A D (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-06-21)
    • Open access for operational research publications from low- and middle-income countries: who pays?

      Zachariah, R; Kumar, A M V; Reid, A J; Van den Bergh, R; Isaakidis, P; Draguez, B; Delaunois, P; Nagaraja, S B; Ramsay, A; Reeder, J C; et al. (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-09-21)
    • Paediatric in-patient care in a conflict-torn region of Somalia: are hospital outcomes of acceptable quality?

      Ngoy, B B; Zachariah, R; Hinderaker, S G; Khogali, M; Manzi, M; van Griensven, J; Ayada, L; Jemmy, J P; Maalim, A; Amin, H (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-03-25)
    • Performance of decentralised facilities in tuberculosis case notification and treatment success in Armenia

      Davtyan, K; Zachariah, R; Davtyan, H; Ramsay, A; Denisiuk, O; Manzi, M; Khogali, M; Van den Bergh, R; Hayrapetyan, A; Dara, M (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-10-21)
    • Poor treatment outcomes among multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients in Gomel Region, Republic of Belarus

      Khaliaukin, A; Kumar, A M V; Skrahina, A; Hurevich, H; Rusovich, V; Gadoev, J; Falzon, D; Khogali, M; de Colombani, P (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-10-21)
    • Risk factors associated with loss to follow-up among multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients in Georgia

      Kuchukhidze, G; Kumar, A M V; de Colombani, P; Khogali, M; Nanava, U; Blumberg, H M; Kempker, R R (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-10-21)
    • Sex, drugs and prisons: HIV prevention strategies for over 190000 clients in Ukraine

      Denisiuk, O; Smyrnov, P; Kumar, A M V; Achanta, S; Boyko, K; Khogali, M; Naik, B; Zachariah, R (The Union, 2014-06-21)
    • The Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative for public health programmes

      Ramsay, A; Harries, A D; Zachariah, R; Bissel, K; Hinderaker, S G; Edginton, M; Enarson, D A; Satyanarayana, S; Kumar, A M V; Hoa, N B; et al. (The Union, 2014-06-21)
    • Treatment outcomes among drug-susceptible tuberculosis patients in Latvia, 2006–2010

      Lucenko, I; Riekstina, V; Perevoscikovs, J; Mozgis, D; Khogali, M; Gadoev, J; de Colombani, P; Kumar, A M V (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-10-21)