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Opinions of Health Professionals on Tailoring Reproductive Health Services to the Needs of Adolescents

Owusu-Agyei,1,2 and Kwaku Poku Asante1 1Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service, Post Office Box 200, Kintampo, Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana 2University of Health and Allied Sciences

Opinions of Health Professionals on Tailoring Reproductive Health Services to the Needs of Adolescents

Owusu-Agyei,1,2 and Kwaku Poku Asante1 1Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service, Post Office Box 200, Kintampo, Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana 2University of Health and Allied Sciences

Assessing the performance of only HRP2 and HRP2 with pLDH based rapid diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of malaria in middle Ghana, Africa

. Author Contributions Conceptualization: Dennis Adu-Gyasi, Kwaku Poku Asante, David Dosoo, George Adjei, Seeba Amenga-Etego, Seth Owusu-Agyei. Data curation: Dennis Adu-Gyasi, Sabastina Amoako, Nicholas ... Amoako, David Dosoo, George Adjei, Oscar Agyei, Seeba Amenga-Etego, Seth Owusu-Agyei. Formal analysis: Dennis Adu-Gyasi, Kwaku Poku Asante, George Adjei. Funding acquisition: Dennis Adu-Gyasi, Kwaku

The influence of socioeconomic factors on choice of infant male circumcision provider in rural Ghana; a community level population based study

study Thomas Gyan1, 2Email authorView ORCID ID profile, Kimberley McAuley1, Natalie Strobel1, Sam Newton3, Seth Owusu-Agyei2 and Karen Edmond1, 4 BMC PediatricsBMC series – open, inclusive and

Ethical Considerations for the Participation of Children of Minor Parents in Clinical Trials

employed by the GSK group of companies at the time of manuscript development. He holds shares in, and acts as a consultant to, the GSK group of companies. Francis Crawley, Xavier Sa´ez-Llorens, Seth Owusu

Assessing land suitability for aquifer storage and recharge in northern Ghana using remote sensing and GIS multi-criteria decision analysis technique

Increasing climate variability and challenge in access to water pose major impediments to rainfed agricultural productivity. Extensive flooding of agricultural lands during the rainy season and lack of water during the 8-month long dry season affect the livelihood of the people in the northern Ghana, a situation that calls for better water management practices. The use of aquifer...

A systematic review and synthesis of the strengths and limitations of measuring malaria mortality through verbal autopsy

Lack of valid and reliable data on malaria deaths continues to be a problem that plagues the global health community. To address this gap, the verbal autopsy (VA) method was developed to ascertain cause of death at the population level. Despite the adoption and wide use of VA, there are many recognized limitations of VA tools and methods, especially for measuring malaria...

Low Utilization of Insecticide-Treated Bed Net among Pregnant Women in the Middle Belt of Ghana

Background. Malaria in pregnancy leads to low birth weight, premature birth, anaemia, and maternal and neonatal mortality. Use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) during pregnancy is one of the proven interventions to reduce the malaria burden. However, Ghana has not achieved its target for ITN use among pregnant women. Methods. A qualitative study was conducted in seven...

Geo-spatial factors associated with infection risk among young children in rural Ghana: a secondary spatial analysis

Donald C. Cole 3 Seth Owusu‑Agyei Seth.owusu‑agyei@kintampo‑hrc.org 0 0 Kintampo Health Research Centre , Kintampo , Ghana 1 Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Peter Gilgan Centre

Post-licensure safety evaluation of dihydroartemisinin piperaquine in the three major ecological zones across Ghana

Background Uncommon and rare adverse events (AEs), with delayed onset may not be detected before new drugs are licensed and deployed. The present study examined the post licensure safety of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHP) as an additional treatment for malaria in Ghana. The relationship between the incidence of AEs, treatment completion rate, participant characteristics and...

Asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections may not be shortened by acquired immunity

Background The duration of untreated Plasmodium falciparum infections is a defining characteristic of the parasite’s biology. It is not clear whether naturally acquired immunity (NAI) can shorten infections, despite the potential implications for malaria control and elimination as well as for basic research. Methods Data on the presence of P. falciparum msp2 genotypes in six...

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Test-Based versus Presumptive Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria in Children under Five Years in an Area of High Transmission in Central Ghana

Background The presumptive approach of confirming malaria in health facilities leads to over-diagnosis of malaria, over use of anti-malaria drugs and the risk of drug resistance development. WHO recommends parasitological confirmation before treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in all suspected malaria patients. The use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests...

Effect of Test-Based versus Presumptive Treatment of Malaria in Under-Five Children in Rural Ghana – A Cluster-Randomised Trial

Background Malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa are shifting from the presumptive approach that is based on clinical judgement (CJ) to the test-based approach that is based on confirmation through test with rapid diagnostic tests (RDT). It has been suggested that the loss of the prophylactic effect of presumptive-administered ACT in children who do not have malaria...

Seeking treatment for uncomplicated malaria: experiences from the Kintampo districts of Ghana

Background Malaria accounts for many deaths and illnesses, mostly among young children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. An integrated approach is recommended to ensure effective malaria control. Socio-cultural factors continue to serve as determinants of malaria health-seeking behaviour. An INDEPTH effectiveness and safety study platform was established to unearth issues...

A comparative study on the availability of modern contraceptives in public and private health facilities in a peri-urban community in Ghana

Background Sub-Saharan Africa reports low use of family planning methods and high unmet need. Availability of these methods is one of the major barriers to contraceptive use in the region. This study determined the availability of modern contraceptives and perceived factors affecting this in health facilities in the Ga East municipality of Ghana. Methods This was a cross...

The influence of distance and quality of care on place of delivery in rural Ghana

Initiative, Concern Worldwide US, New York, USALinda VeselKintampo Health Research Center, Ghana Health Service, Kintampo, GhanaAlexander Manu, Seeba Amenga-Etego & Seth Owusu-AgyeiDepartment of Public Health ... journals • PubMed • Google ScholarSearch for Seth Owusu-Agyei in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google ScholarSearch for Betty R. Kirkwood in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google ScholarSearch for

Health service provider education and/or training in infant male circumcision to improve short- and long-term morbidity outcomes: protocol for systematic review

Background There has been an expansion of circumcision services in Africa as part of a long-term HIV prevention strategy. However, the effect of infant male circumcision on morbidity and mortality still remains unclear. Acute morbidities associated with circumcision include pain, bleeding, swelling, infection, tetanus or inadequate skin removal. Scale-up of circumcision services...

Non-malaria fevers in a high malaria endemic area of Ghana

Background The importance of fevers not due to malaria [non–malaria fevers, NMFs] in children in sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly being recognised. We have investigated the influence of exposure-related factors and placental malaria on the risk of non-malaria fevers among children in Kintampo, an area of Ghana with high malaria transmission. Methods Between 2008 and 2011, a...

Economic costs of fever to households in the middle belt of Ghana

Background Malaria is one of the main health problems in the sub-Saharan Africa accounting for approximately 198 million morbidity and close to 600,000 mortality cases. Households incur out-of-pocket expenditure for treatment and lose income as a result of not being able to work or care for family members. The main objective of this survey was to assess the economic cost of...

Associations between Red Cell Polymorphisms and Plasmodium falciparum Infection in the Middle Belt of Ghana

Background Red blood cell (RBC) polymorphisms are common in malaria endemic regions and are known to protect against severe forms of the disease. Therefore, it is important to screen for these polymorphisms in drugs or vaccines efficacy trials. This study was undertaken to evaluate associations between clinical malaria and RBC polymorphisms to assess biological interactions that...