Archive | Chronic Diseases

Strengthening rural health services: Prevalence of diabetes and risk factors among ≥45 year olds in South Tajikistan.

The prevalence of diabetes and associated risk factors was assessed among a population aged ≥45 years in two health districts in southern Tajikistan. Study participants answered a questionnaire on risk factors for diabetes and generally for chronic diseases. Blood pressure and anthropometric indicators were taken and the blood glucose level determined. Complete data was obtained […]

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Slums in Nairobi

Introducing a Model of Cardiovascular Prevention in Slums of Nairobi

As cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become a leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), this study describes the development and introduction of a model of cardiovascular prevention in the slums of Nairobi by integrating a public health and private sector approach. The model includes community awareness, a home-based screening service, patient and provider incentives […]

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International congress on palliative care, Kinshasa

Supporting palliative care in Kinshasa from Geneva: “Palliafamilli”

Since 2011, the department of palliative medicine of the University hospitals of Geneva (HUG) has cooperated with “Palliafamilli”, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Kinshasa, DRC. Palliafamilli consists of 1 physician, 3 nurses, 1 physiotherapist, 1 chaplain and 20 volunteers. It aims to improve palliative care for in- and outpatients. Two nurses of the NGO visited […]

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Violence and Mental Health among Female Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India.

This paper tries to explore the mental health status of Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in Andhra Pradesh state, India and examine the impact of violence against mental health of female sex workers in two survey rounds (year 2010 and 2012). This paper utilizes data from the two rounds of Behavioural Tracking Survey. Results reveal that […]

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Psychosocial Burden of Sickle Cell Disease on Parents.

The chronicity of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) could impair the quality of life of caregivers. We studied 130 Cameroonian parents with SCD-affected children with a survey instrument including a 38-item stress factors scale. Parents participants were urban dwellers (89 %), female (80 %), married (60.2 %), employed (61.7 %). The majority (88.3 %) experienced moderate/ […]

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Predictors of Unintentional Poisoning among Children under 5 years of age in Karachi. A Matched Case Control study.

Poisoning is one of the main causes of unintentional injury among children. It is the fourth leading cause of morbidity and mortality after road traffic accident, burns and drowning. Majority of these poisoning occur among preschool children under 5 years of age. There is a scarcity of evidence based analytical literature in this area of […]

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Sickle Cell Disease in Cameroon: The First Neuropsychological Normative Data for School-Aged Children

In the first phase, a battery of neuropsychological tests was set up considering the Cameroonian cultural and linguistic specificities. After a pilot study on 20 subjects, the cognitive tests were adapted following the difficulties met. Twelve neuropsychological tests were adapted for the study:

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Observations on the Disease Burden in Cambodia: The Top Three Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the Sihanouk Hospital Centre of HOPE (SHCH)

The purpose of this cohort is to identify the proportion of NCDs at the SHCH, a charity NGO hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. From January 2000 until December 2007, a retrospective cohort of 32,082 patients (excluding TB and HIV) were seen and treated at SHCH.

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