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Salmonella “unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa" supplement in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.

 

In the West, Salmonella is commonly thought of as a bacterium responsible for relatively harmless cases of food poisoning. However, a supplement to the leading infectious diseases journal Clinical Infectious Diseases published recently exposes the unacceptable toll of sickness and death caused by invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Malawi Liverpool WellcomeTrust Featured on BBC World

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Acmen’s Traffic light triage saves lives in Malawi by Lizzie Crouch BBC Reporter

 

Recently the BBC featured a short film on the “Chipatala Robot, an ACMEN pilot study led by DR Nicola Desmond and Managed by Thomasena O’Byrne.


The project‘s aim is to explore the feasibility and acceptability of implementing Emergency Triage in Blantyre District Primary Health Centres through MHealth phone-based triage algorithm that helps health care workers prioritize sick children.

 

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HIV self-testing (HIVST) Found Safe, Acceptable, and Accurate

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A Staff member of MLW demonstrating how self testing is doneA Staff member of MLW demonstrating how self testing is done

HIV self-testing (HIVST) delivered by trained volunteers may prove to be widely used, safe, accurate, and acceptable in urban settings of sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine.


This community-based prospective study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by Augustine Choko of the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, Blantyre, Malawi and Liz Corbett of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, also showed that HIVST may lead to acceptable linkage into HIV care services and have a very low incidence of major social harms such as partner violence.