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PubMed | University of Groningen, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Hawassa University and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology
Type: | Journal: International breastfeeding journal | Year: 2017

The early initiation of breastfeeding (EIBF), or timely initiation of breastfeeding, is the proportion of children put to the breast within one hour of birth. It is an important strategy for reducing perinatal and infant morbidity and mortality, but it remains under practiced in Ethiopia. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence and the predicting factors associated with EIBF.A community based cross-sectional study was conducted in 634 mothers in Dale Woreda, South Ethiopia. Multistage cluster sampling was used to select participating mothers. EIBF was outcome variable whereas sociodemographic characteristics and knowledge and practice of maternal health service were explanatory variables. A face-to-face interview using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire was done from September 2012 to March 2013. To investigate predicting factors, bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis was done.A total of 634 mothers of children under 24months were interviewed. During the time of data collection, 94.3% of the mothers had breastfed. The prevalence of EIBF was 83.7%. Ownership of the house was a significant predicting factor for EIBF. Mothers who lived in rented houses were significantly less likely (60%) to initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth compared to mothers who owned their own house: Adjusted odds ratio 0.40 (95% Confidence Interval 0.16, 0.97).More than three-fourths of mothers initiated breastfeeding within an hour. Findings from our study suggest that improving the mothers socioeconomic status as reflected by house ownership, being a significant predictor of EIBF, would have a central role in improving EIBF.


PubMed | WHO Country Office and Ethiopian Public Health Institute
Type: Journal Article | Journal: BMC infectious diseases | Year: 2017

In Ethiopia, measles case-based surveillance was introduced in 2004 as one strategy for measles control by laboratory confirmation of suspected cases. In this article, epidemiological distribution of laboratory-confirmed measles cases were reported from the Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia between 2007 and 2014, as the region is one of the highly measles affected areas in Ethiopia.A serum sample was collected from all measles suspected cases, and patient information was captured by case reporting format (CRF). Samples were transported to the National Measles Laboratory for Measles IgM testing by ELISA technique. Data entry and analysis were done using Epi-Info 3.5.4 software.A total of 4810 samples were tested for measles IgM using ELISA technique and 1507 (31.3%) were found positive during 2007-2014 in SNNPR of Ethiopia. Patients with age 1-4 years were the most affected regardless of sex. The incidence of measles confirmed cases increased from 15 in 2007 to 180 in 2013 per million population. The highest percentage of laboratory-confirmed cases were found in 2014. Measles was found distributed throughout the regional state.Measles was found a public health important disease in SNNPR of Ethiopia, mostly affecting children 1-4 years. The incidence of measles cases is increasing from time to time. Additional research to determine the genotype of circulating measles virus, knowledge, attitude and practice of professionals and the population for measles vaccination and infection in the region is important. A wide age group measles vaccination campaign is highly recommended.


Abeshu M.A.,Inc JSI | Geleta B.,Ethiopian Public Health Institute
Biology and Medicine | Year: 2016

Honey is one of nature's wonders. For long, honey has been used as important source of carbohydrates andnatural sweetener. Honey contains sugars, organic acids, minerals, and proteins, enzymes and vitamins in traceamounts. The simple sugars in honey are responsible for its sweetness, hygroscopicity, energy value and otherphysical properties.Honey's use as medicine has been limited due to lack of scientific report. In recent days, however, there isresurgence. Its greatest medicinal potential is its application as topical agent to wounds and skin infections. Honeyhas anti-inflammatory, immune boosting property, and exhibits broad spectrum antibacterial activity, which areattributed both to physical factors: acidity and osmolarity, and chemical factors: hydrogen peroxide, volatiles,beeswax, nectar, pollen and propolis. Its antioxidant activity is attributed to: glucose oxidase, catalase, ascorbic acid,flavonoids, phenolic acids, carotenoid derivatives, organic acids, Maillard reaction products, amino acids, andproteins. Honey prevents and treats gastrointestinal disorders such as peptic ulcers, gastritis and gastroenteritis. Italso poses prebiotic effects and promotes health of gastrointestinal tract.Honey has proven safety for use. Compared to glucose and sucrose, it has lower glycemic and incrementalindices in type I diabetic patients. It's simple sugars are absorbed directly into bloodstream without digestion and canserve as an athletic aid. © 2016 Abeshu MA, et al.


Woyessa A.,Ethiopian Public Health Institute | Woyessa A.,Addis Ababa Institute of Technology | Deressa W.,Addis Ababa Institute of Technology | Ali A.,Addis Ababa Institute of Technology | Lindtjorn B.,University of Bergen
BMC Public Health | Year: 2014

Background: Despite the encroaching of endemic malaria to highland-fringe areas above 2000 meters above sea level in Ethiopia, there is limited information on ownership and use of mosquito nets for malaria prevention. Thus, this study was designed to assess long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) possession and use for malaria prevention in highland-fringe of south-central Ethiopia. Methods. A multi-stage sampling technique was employed to obtain household data from randomly selected households using household head interview in October and November 2008. Household LLIN possession and use was assessed using adjusted Odds Ratio obtained from complex samples logistic regression analysis. Results: Only less than a quarter (23.1%) of 739 households interviewed owned LLINs with more differences between low (54.2%) high (3.5%) altitudes (§ssup§2§esup§ =253, P < 0.001). Higher LLIN ownership was observed in illiterate (adj.OR 35.1 [10.6-116.2]), male-headed (adj.OR 1.7 [1.051-2.89]), owning two or more beds (adj.OR 2.7 [1.6-4.6]), not doing draining/refilling of mosquito breeding sites (adj.OR 3.4 [2.1-5.5]) and absence of rivers or streams (adj.OR 6.4 [3.5-11.8]) of household variables. The presence of ≥2 LLINs hanging (adj.OR 21.0 [5.2-85.1]), owning two or more LLINs (adj.OR 4.8 [1.3-17.5]), not doing draining/refilling of mosquito breeding sites (adj.OR 4.2 [1.3-13.6]), low wealth status (adj.OR 3.55 [1.04-12.14]), and < 1 km distance from absence of rivers or streams (adj.OR 3.9 [1.2-12.1]) of households was associated with more likely use of LLIN. The LLIN ownership was low in the highlands, and most of the highland users bought the bed nets themselves. Conclusions: This study found a low household LLIN ownership and use in the highland-fringe rural area. Therefore, improving the availability and teaching effective use of LLIN combined with removal of temporary mosquito breeding places should be prioritized in highland-fringe areas. © 2014 Woyessa et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Assefa Y.,Ethiopian Public Health Institute | Alebachew A.,Federal HIV AIDS Prevention and Control Office | Lera M.,Federal HIV AIDS Prevention and Control Office | Lynen L.,Institute of Tropical Medicine | And 3 more authors.
Globalization and Health | Year: 2014

Background: Antiretroviral treatment (ART) was provided to more than nine million people by the end of 2012. Although ART programs in resource-limited settings have expanded treatment, inadequate retention in care has been a challenge. Ethiopia has been scaling up ART and improving retention (defined as continuous engagement of patients in care) in care. We aimed to analyze the ART program in Ethiopia. Methods: A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods was used. Routine ART program data was used to study ART scale up and patient retention in care. In-depth interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with program managers. Results: The number of people receiving ART in Ethiopia increased from less than 9,000 in 2005 to more than 439, 000 in 2013. Initially, the public health approach, health system strengthening, community mobilization and provision of care and support services allowed scaling up of ART services. While ART was being scaled up, retention was recognized to be insufficient. To improve retention, a second wave of interventions, related to programmatic, structural, socio-cultural, and patient information systems, have been implemented. Retention rate increased from 77% in 2004/5 to 92% in 2012/13. Conclusion: Ethiopia has been able to scale up ART and improve retention in care in spite of its limited resources. This has been possible due to interventions by the ART program, supported by health systems strengthening, community-based organizations and the communities themselves. ART programs in resource-limited settings need to put in place similar measures to scale up ART and retain patients in care. © 2014 Assefa et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Nega D.,Ethiopian Public Health Institute | Dana D.,Jimma University | Tefera T.,Jimma University | Eshetu T.,Jimma University
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Background: In Sub-Saharan African countries, including Ethiopia, malaria in pregnancy is a major public health threat which results in significant morbidities and mortalities among pregnant women and their fetuses. In malaria endemic areas, Plasmodium infections tend to remain asymptomatic yet causing significant problems like maternal anemia, low birth weight, premature births, and still birth. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and predictors of asymptomatic Plasmodium infection among pregnant women in the rural surroundings of Arba Minch Town, Southern Ethiopia. Methods: A community based cross-sectional study comprising multistage sampling was conducted between April and June, 2013. Socio-demographic data were collected by using a semistructured questionnaire. Plasmodium infection was diagnosed by using Giemsa-stained blood smear microscopy and a rapid diagnostic test (SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pv POCT, standard diagnostics, inc., Korea). Results: Of the total 341 pregnant women participated in this study, 9.1% (31/341) and 9.7% (33/341) were confirmed to be infected with Plasmodium species by microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), respectively. The geometric mean of parasite density was 2392 parasites per microliter (μl); 2275/ μl for P. falciparum and 2032/ μl for P. vivax. Parasitemia was more likely to occur in primigravidae (Adjusted odds ratio (AOR): 9.4, 95% confidence interval (CI): 4.3-60.5), secundigravidae (AOR: 6.3, 95% CI: 2.9-27.3), using insecticide treated bed net (ITN) sometimes (AOR: 3.2, 95% CI: 1.8- 57.9), not using ITN at all (AOR: 4.6, 95% CI: 1.4-14.4) compared to multigravidae and using ITN always, respectively. Conclusion: Asymptomatic malaria in this study is low compared to other studies' findings. Nevertheless, given the high risk of malaria during pregnancy, pregnant women essentially be screened for asymptomatic Plasmodium infection and be treated promptly via the antenatal care (ANC) services. © 2015 Nega et al.


Mohammed H.,Ethiopian Public Health Institute | Mindaye T.,Addis Ababa Institute of Technology | Belayneh M.,Addis Ababa Institute of Technology | Kassa M.,Ethiopian Public Health Institute | And 5 more authors.
Malaria Journal | Year: 2015

Background: The genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum has been extensively studied in various countries. However, limited data are available from Ethiopia. This study was conducted to evaluate the extent of genetic diversity of P. falciparum in Kolla-Shele, in the southwest of Ethiopia. Methods: A total of 88 isolates from patients with uncomplicated P. falciparum attending Kolla-Shele Health Centre was collected from September to December, 2008. After extraction of DNA by Chelex® method, the samples were genotyped by using nested-PCR of msp1 (block 2) and msp2 (block 3) including their allelic families: K1, MAD20, RO33 and FC27, 3D7/IC1, respectively. Results: Allelic variation in both msp1 and msp2 were identified in the 88 blood samples. For msp1 67% (59/88) and msp2 44% (39/88) were observed. K1 was the predominant msp1 allelic family observed in 33.9% (20/59) of the samples followed by RO33 and MAD20. Of the msp2 allelic family 3D7/IC1 showed higher frequency (21.5%) compared to FC27 (10.3%). A total of twenty-three alleles were detected; of which, eleven were from msp2 and twelve from msp2 genes. Fifty-nine percent of isolates had multiple genotypes and the overall mean multiplicity of infection was 1.8 (95% CI: 1.48-2.04). The heterozygosity index was 0.79 and 0.54for msp1 and msp2, respectively. There was no statically significant difference in the multiplicity of infection by either age or parasite density (P > 0.05). Conclusion: This genetic diversity study showed the presence of five allelic types in the study area, with dominance K1 in the msp1 family and 3D7/IC1 in the msp2 family. Multiple infections were observed in nearly 60% of the samples. © 2015 Mohammed et al.; licensee BioMed Central.


Edible parts of some wild and traditional vegetables used by the Gumuz community, namely, Portulaca quadrifida, Dioscorea abyssinica, Abelmoschus esculentus, and Oxytenanthera abyssinica, were evaluated for their minerals composition and bioavailability. Mineral elements, namely, Ca, Fe, Zn, and Cu, were analyzed using Shimadzu atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Effects of household processing practices on the levels of mineral elements were evaluated and the bioavailability was predicted using antinutrient-mineral molar ratios. Fe, Zn, Ca, Cu, P, Na, and K level in raw edible portions ranged in (0.64 ± 0.02-27.0 ± 6.24), (0.46 ± 0.02-0.85 ± 0.02), (24.49 ± 1.2-131.7 ± 8.3), (0.11 ± 0.01-0.46 ± 0.04), (39.13 ± 0.34-57.27 ± 0.94), (7.34 ± 0.42-20.42 ± 1.31), and (184.4 ± 1.31-816.3 ± 11.731) mg/100 g FW, respectively. Although statistically significant losses in minerals as a result of household preparation practices were observed, the amount of nutrients retained could be valuable especially in communities that have limited alternative sources of these micronutrients. The predicted minerals' bioavailability shows adequacy in terms of calcium and zinc but not iron. © 2016 Andinet Abera Hailu and Getachew Addis.


Assefa Y.,Ethiopian Public Health Institute | Assefa Y.,Institute of Tropical Medicine | Lynen L.,Institute of Tropical Medicine | Wouters E.,University of Antwerp | And 4 more authors.
BMC Health Services Research | Year: 2014

Background: Patient retention, defined as continuous engagement of patients in care, is one of the crucial indicators for monitoring and evaluating the performance of antiretroviral treatment (ART) programs. It has been identified that suboptimal patient retention in care is one of the challenges of ART programs in many settings. ART programs have, therefore, been striving hard to identify and implement interventions that improve their suboptimal levels of retention. The objective of this study was to develop a framework for improving patient retention in care based on interventions implemented in health facilities that have achieved higher levels of retention in care. Methods. A mixed-methods study, based on the positive deviance approach, was conducted in Ethiopia in 2011/12. Quantitative data were collected to estimate and compare the levels of retention in care in nine health facilities. Key informant interviews and focus group discussions were conducted to identify a package of interventions implemented in the health facilities with relatively higher or improving levels of retention. Results: Retention in care in the Ethiopian ART program was found to be variable across health facilities. Among hospitals, the poorest performer had 0.46 (0.35, 0.60) times less retention than the reference; among health centers, the poorest performers had 0.44 (0.28, 0.70) times less retention than the reference. Health facilities with higher and improving patient retention were found to implement a comprehensive package of interventions: (1) retention promoting activities by health facilities, (2) retention promoting activities by community-based organizations, (3) coordination of these activities by case manager(s), and (4) patient information systems by data clerk(s). On the contrary, such interventions were either poorly implemented or did not exist in health facilities with lower retention in care. A framework to improve retention in care was developed based on the evidence found by applying the positive deviance approach. Conclusion: A framework for improving retention in care of patients on ART was developed. We recommend that health facilities implement the framework, monitor and evaluate their levels of retention in care, and, if necessary, adapt the framework to their own contexts. © 2014 Assefa et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


PubMed | Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Ethiopian Public Health Institute and Mekelle University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: BMC research notes | Year: 2017

There are few rapid point-of-care tests (POCT) for tuberculosis (TB) for use in resource-constrained settings with high levels of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This hinders early tuberculosis (TB) treatment. This cross-sectional study evaluates the recently developed urine Determine tuberculosis lipoarabinomannan (TB LAM) antigen test. A total of 122 participants with signs and symptoms of TB, including 21 (17.1%) participants positive for HIV, were enrolled from September 2011 to March 2012 at three selected health centers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Blood, sputum and urine samples were collected. Lwenstein-Jensen (LJ) solid culture was used as a gold standard to evaluate the performance of the Determine TB LAM antigen test. Data were analyzed using STATA (Statacorp LP, USA).Of the 122 participants with suspected TB, 35 (28.7%) had TB confirmed bacteriologically by LJ culture. The overall sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) of Determine TB LAM (for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative participants) was 37.1% (95% CI 21.5-55.1), 97.7% (95% CI 91.9-99.7), 86.7% (95% CI 59.5-98.3) and 79.4% (95% CI 70.5-86.6), respectively. However, in participants who were co-infected with TB and HIV, sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV were 55.6% (95% CI 21.2-86.3), 100% (95% CI 73.5-100), 100% (95% CI 47.8-100) and 75.0% (95% CI 47.6-92.7). Moreover, the level of immunosuppression of the HIV-infected TB patients was found to have a significant association with the performance of Determine TB LAM (The Determine TB LAM test is a potential alternative in peripheral health settings for TB diagnosis in patients who are co-infected with HIV, with advanced immunosuppression.

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