Predictive parasite density based on a linear regression model obtained from the time of positivity of two malaria rapid diagnostic tests (SD Bioline Malaria Ag-Pf/Pan and Paracheckâ„¢-Pf) in CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire
Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are the current complement to microscopy for ensuring prompt malaria treatment. However, non-estimation of the parasite density is one of the limits of these RDTs. This study aimed to estimate the parasite density based on the time of positivity of two RDTs, SD Bioline Malaria Ag-Pf/Pan and Paracheck™-Pf. A highly parasitized blood sample underwent successive dilutions. On each...
Malaria in pregnancy in the Ndop health district (North West Region, Cameroon): results from retrospective and prospective surveys
Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease that is entirely preventable and curable. Pregnant women are among the most vulnerable groups to this deadly disease. Increased efforts towards prevention and control of the disease have led in drastic reduction in mortality rates by 54% in the world health organisation (WHO) African Region. However, the widespread implementation of WHO policies remains highly challenging...