Khandu, L; Zachariah, R; Van den Bergh, R; Wangchuk, D; Tshering, N; Wangmo, D; Ananthakrishnan, R; Dorji, T; Satyanarayana, S (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2014-03)
Setting: Two free-standing urban human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing and counselling (HCT) centres in Bhutan offering services to the general population and targeting the most at-risk populations (MARPs). Objectives: To assess the trend in testing for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis in both the general population and MARPs, and to determine if sociodemographic and risk behaviour characteristics are associated with HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis seropositivity. Design: Cross-sectional study using client records, 2009–2012. Results: Of 7894 clients, 3009 (38%) were from the general population, while 4885 (62%) were from MARPs. Over the 4-year period, testing declined progressively among the general population, while it increased or remained static for MARPs. Of 4885 MARPs, seropositivity was respectively 0.7%, 1.3% and 1.2% for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis. Female sex workers (FSWs) (relative risk[RR] 4.4, P=0.03) and partners of person living with HIV(RR 25.9, P<0.001) had a higher risk of being HIV-positive. FSWs had also a greater risk of being syphilis-positive(RR 9.1, P<0.001). Conclusion: The increase in uptake of HCT services by MARPs is a welcome finding; however, the relatively static trends call for the introduction of community outreach approaches. The critical gateway being provided to MARPs is an ‘opportunity’ for the expansion of the current service package.
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.
Bhat, P G; Kumar, A M V; Naik, B; Satyanarayana, S; Kg, D; Nair, S A; MD, S; Heldal, E; Enarson, D A; Reid, A J (Public Library of Science, 2013)
Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is the most serious form of malnutrition affecting children under-five and is associated with many infectious diseases including Tuberculosis (TB). In India, nutritional rehabilitation centres (NRCs) have been recently established for the management of SAM including TB. The National TB Programme (NTP) in India has introduced a revised algorithm for diagnosing paediatric TB. We aimed to examine whether NRCs adhered to these guidelines in diagnosing TB among SAM children.
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.
Abeygunawardena, S C; Sharath, B N; Van den Bergh, R; Naik, B; Pallewatte, N; Masaima, M N N (The Union, 2014-06-21)
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