Manhica Health Research Center


Manhica Health Research Center

Time filter
Source Type

Serna-Bolea C.,Universtitat Of Barcelona | Munoz J.,Universtitat Of Barcelona | Munoz J.,Manhica Health Research Center | Almeida J.M.,Manhica Health Research Center | And 8 more authors.
AIDS | Year: 2010

OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of acute HIV infection (AHI) within the HIV-seronegative adult population presenting with reported fever in a district hospital in southern Mozambique and evaluate clinical, immunological and virological parameters of AHI. DESIGN: This is a prospective observational study. METHODS: Three hundred and forty-six adults presenting with reported fever at an outpatient ward at the Manhiça District Hospital in Mozambique were screened for AHI by HIV rapid serology testing, followed by HIV-RNA testing in HIV-seronegative individuals. Plasma from HIV-seronegative patients was pooled in the ratio of 1: 5 for HIV-RNA testing. Whole blood was used for Plasmodium falciparum rapid test determination at screening visit. Follow-up visits at day 7, 4 and 10 months included clinical examination, HIV serotesting and assessment of HIV-RNA, CD4 cell counts and percentage of activated CD8 T cells. Results: HIV serotesting revealed that 37.8% (95% confidence interval 32.7-43.2) of the adults had previously undiagnosed established HIV infection. Among the HIV-seronegative patients, 3.3% (95% confidence interval 1.3-6.7) were found to have AHI as demonstrated by positive HIV-1 RNA testing. Median HIV-1 RNA levels at diagnosis of AHI were 6.21 log10 copies/ml (interquartile range 5.92-6.41) and significantly higher than median HIV-RNA load at 4 months. At day 7 after screening, patients showed a median CD4 cell count of 384 cells/μl (interquartile range 239-441) and a median percentage of activated CD8 T cells of 68.4% (interquartile range 59.6-87.8). Conclusion: Of patients reporting with fever, 3.3% were shown to be potentially due to AHI. High prevalence of AHI in southern African populations may warrant investigation of tools and target populations for AHI screening as a novel way to address HIV prevention. © 2010 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Menendez C.,University of Barcelona | Menendez C.,Manhica Health Research Center | Bardaji A.,University of Barcelona | Sigauque B.,Manhica Health Research Center | And 7 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2010

Background: In the global context of a reduction of under-five mortality, neonatal mortality is an increasingly relevant component of this mortality. Malaria in pregnancy may affect neonatal survival, though no strong evidence exists to support this association. Methods: In the context of a randomised, placebo-controlled trial of intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) with sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) in 1030 Mozambican pregnant women, 997 newborns were followed up until 12 months of age. There were 500 live borns to women who received placebo and 497 to those who received SP. Findings: There were 58 infant deaths; 60.4% occurred in children born to women who received placebo and 39.6% to women who received IPTp (p = 0.136). There were 25 neonatal deaths; 72% occurred in the placebo group and 28% in the IPTp group (p = 0.041). Of the 20 deaths that occurred in the first week of life, 75% were babies born to women in the placebo group and 25% to those in the IPTp group (p = 0.039). IPTp reduced neonatal mortality by 61.3% (95% CI 7.4%, 83.8%); p = 0.024]. Conclusions: Malaria prevention with SP in pregnancy can reduce neonatal mortality. Mechanisms associated with increased malaria infection at the end of pregnancy may explain the excess mortality in the malaria less protected group. Alternatively, SP may have reduced the risk of neonatal infections. These findings are of relevance to promote the implementation of IPTp with SP, and provide insights into the understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms through which maternal malaria affects fetal and neonatal health. Trial Registration: NCT00209781. © 2010 Menéndez et al.

Moraleda C.,Manhica Health Research Center | Moraleda C.,University of Barcelona | De Deus N.,Manhica Health Research Center | De Deus N.,National Institute of Health | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes | Year: 2014

Background: Up to 30% of infants may be HIV-exposed noninfected (ENI) in countries with high HIV prevalence, but the impact of maternal HIV on the child's health remains unclear. Methods: One hundred fifty-eight HIV ENI and 160 unexposed (UE) Mozambican infants were evaluated at 1, 3, 9, and 12 months postdelivery. At each visit, a questionnaire was administered, and HIV DNA polymerase chain reaction and hematologic and CD4/ CD8 determinations were measured. Linear mixed models were used to evaluate differences in hematologic parameters and T-cell counts between the study groups. All outpatient visits and admissions were registered. ENI infants received cotrimoxazol prophylaxis (CTXP). Negative binomial regression models were estimated to compare incidence rates of outpatient visits and admissions. Results: Hematocrit was lower in ENI than in UE infants at 1, 3, and 9 months of age (P = 0.024, 0.025, and 0.012, respectively). Percentage of CD4 T cells was 3% lower (95% confidence interval: 0.86 to 5.15; P = 0.006) and percentage of CD8 T cells 1.15 times higher (95% confidence interval: 1.06 to 1.25; P = 0.001) in ENI vs. UE infants. ENI infants had a lower weight-for-age Z score (P = 0.049) but reduced incidence of outpatient visits, overall (P = 0.042), diarrhea (P = 0.001), and respiratory conditions (P = 0.042). Conclusions: ENI children were more frequently anemic, had poorer nutritional status, and alterations in some immunologic profiles compared with UE children. CTXP may explain their reduced mild morbidity. These findings may reinforce continuation of CTXP and the need to understand the consequences of maternal HIV exposure in this vulnerable group of children. Copyright © 2013 by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Sacoor C.,Manhica Health Research Center | Nhacolo A.,Manhica Health Research Center | Nhalungo D.,Manhica Health Research Center | Aponte J.J.,Manhica Health Research Center | And 15 more authors.
International Journal of Epidemiology | Year: 2013

The Manhiça Health Research Centre, established in 1996 in a rural area of southern Mozambique, currently follows around 92 000 individuals living in approximately 20 000 enumerated and geo-positioned households. Its main strength is the possibility of linking demographic data and clinical data to promote and conduct biomedical research in priority health areas. Socio-demographic data are updated twice a year and clinical data are collected on a daily basis. The data collected in Manhiça HDSS comprises household and individual characteristics, household socio-economic assets, vital data, migration, individual health history and cause of death, among others. Studies conducted in this HDSS contributed to guide the health authorities and decision-making bodies to define or adjust health policies such as the introduction of Mozambique's expanded programme of immunization with different vaccines (Haemophilus influenzae type b, Pneumococcus) or the development of the concept of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Infants (IPTi) that led to the World Health Organization recommendation of this method as best practice for the control of malaria among infants. Manhiça's data can be accessed through a formal request to Diana Quelhas ( accompanied by a proposal that will be analysed by the Manhiça HDSS internal scientific and ethics committees. © The Author 2013; all rights reserved.

PubMed | Manhica Health Research Center, University of Barcelona, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medicines for Malaria Venture
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PLoS medicine | Year: 2016

Raquel Gonzalez and colleagues highlight an urgent need to evaluate antimalarials that can be safely administered to HIV-infected pregnant women on antiretroviral treatment and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis.

PubMed | University of Amsterdam, Ifakara Health Research and Development Center, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Manhica Health Research Center and 4 more.
Type: Comparative Study | Journal: Journal of clinical microbiology | Year: 2016

Staphylococcus aureusis a major bacterial pathogen causing a variety of diseases ranging from wound infections to severe bacteremia or intoxications. Besides host factors, the course and severity of disease is also widely dependent on the genotype of the bacterium. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS), followed by bioinformatic sequence analysis, is currently the most extensive genotyping method available. To identify clinically relevant staphylococcal virulence and resistance genes in WGS data, we developed anin silicotyping scheme for the software SeqSphere(+)(Ridom GmbH, Mnster, Germany). The implemented target genes (n= 182) correspond to those queried by the IdentibacS. aureusGenotyping DNA microarray (Alere Technologies, Jena, Germany). Thein silicoscheme was evaluated by comparing the typing results of microarray and of WGS for 154 humanS. aureusisolates. A total of 96.8% (n= 27,119) of all typing results were equally identified with microarray and WGS (40.6% present and 56.2% absent). Discrepancies (3.2% in total) were caused by WGS errors (1.7%), microarray hybridization failures (1.3%), wrong prediction of ambiguous microarray results (0.1%), or unknown causes (0.1%). Superior to the microarray, WGS enabled the distinction of allelic variants, which may be essential for the prediction of bacterial virulence and resistance phenotypes. Multilocus sequence typing clonal complexes and staphylococcal cassette chromosomemecelement types inferred from microarray hybridization patterns were equally determined by WGS. In conclusion, WGS may substitute array-based methods due to its universal methodology, open and expandable nature, and rapid parallel analysis capacity for different characteristics in once-generated sequences.

Alonso P.L.,University of Barcelona | Alonso P.L.,Manhica Health Research Center | Tanner M.,Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute | Tanner M.,University of Basel
Nature Medicine | Year: 2013

The past decade witnessed unprecedented efforts to control malaria, including renewed political and financial commitment and increased availability of both old and new strategies and tools. However, malaria still represents a major health burden, particularly in Africa. Important challenges such as the fragility of many health systems, the rise of insecticide and drug resistance, and particularly the expected decline both in funding and in the coverage of key interventions if they are not replaced as needed, urgently need to be addressed. Further research and development is also becoming increasingly crucial. Among other needs, common methodologies for estimating and tracking the malaria burden, new strategies to measure transmission, better understanding of immunity, and increased knowledge of the mechanisms and effects of resistance to drugs and insecticides stand out. The ongoing efforts in research and development for new antimalarial drugs, more sensitive point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests and new insecticides need further innovation and substantial strengthening. Clearly, efforts should focus not only on Plasmodium falciparum but also and increasingly on Plasmodium vivax, the neglected human malaria parasite. Addressing these challenges in a comprehensive and timely way will allow us to sustain the gains made so far and make further progress in control and progressive elimination. © 2013 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.

Gonzalez R.,Barcelona Center for International Heath Research | Gonzalez R.,Manhica Health Research Center | Hellgren U.,Karolinska University Hospital | Greenwood B.,London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | And 2 more authors.
Malaria Journal | Year: 2014

Background: Control of malaria in pregnant women is still a major challenge as it constitutes an important cause of maternal and neonatal mortality. Mefloquine (MQ) has been used for malaria chemoprophylaxis in non-immune travellers for several decades and it constitutes a potential candidate for intermittent preventive treatment in pregnant women (IPTp). Methods. The safety of MQ, including its safety in pregnancy, is controversial and a continuing subject of debate. Published studies which evaluated the use of MQ for malaria prevention or treatment in pregnant women and which reported data on drug tolerability and/or pregnancy outcomes have been reviewed systematically. Results: Eighteen articles fitted the inclusion criteria, only one study was double-blind and placebo controlled. No differences were found in the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to MQ compared to those exposed to other anti-malarials or to the general population. MQ combined with artesunate seems to be better tolerated than standard quinine therapy for treatment of non-severe falciparum malaria, but a MQ loading dose (10 mg/kg) is associated with more dizziness compared with placebo. When used for IPTp, MQ (15 mg/kg) may have more side effects than sulphadoxine- pyrimethamine. Conclusions: In the published literature there are no indications that MQ use during pregnancy carries an increased risk for the foetus. Ideally, the use of MQ to prevent malaria should be based on a risk-benefit analysis of adverse effects against the risk of acquiring the infection. For this purpose double-blinded randomized controlled trials in African pregnant women are much needed. © 2014 González et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Sevene E.,Eduardo Mondlane University | Sevene E.,Manhica Health Research Center | Gonzalez R.,Manhica Health Research Center | Gonzalez R.,University of Barcelona | And 2 more authors.
Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2010

Importance of the field: Malaria infection during pregnancy is a major public health problem worldwide, with 50 million pregnancies exposed to the infection every year. Approximately 25,000 maternal deaths and between 75,000 and 200,000 infant deaths could be prevented each year by effective malaria control in pregnancy. Antimalarial drug treatment and prevention has been hampered by the appearance of drug resistance, which has been a particular problem in pregnancy due to the inherent safety issues. Areas covered in this review: New antimalarial drugs and combinations are being studied but there is not yet sufficient information on their efficacy or, more importantly, on their safety in pregnancy. This article provides an overview of the relevance of the topic and reviews the current antimalarial drugs recommended for pregnancy, as well as the guidelines for both treatment and prevention in women living in endemic areas and for travellers. What the reader will gain: Updated information on the drugs currently used for malaria treatment and prevention in pregnancy, including new drugs under development, is provided. The gaps on efficacy and safety information for use during pregnancy are also discussed. Take home message: Prevention and case management of malaria during pregnancy is based on riskbenefit criteria and poses one of the greatest challenges to current malaria control. © 2010 Informa UK Ltd.

Mayor A.,Barcelona Institute for Global Health | Mayor A.,Manhica Health Research Center | Alano P.,Instituto Superiore Of Sanita
Blood | Year: 2015

In this issue of Blood, Malleret and colleagues show the importance of the bone marrow in Plasmodium vivax biology by proving the preferential infection of young reticulocytes (generally restricted to the bone marrow), which then experience accelerated maturation postinvasion. © 2015 by The American Society of Hematology.

Loading Manhica Health Research Center collaborators
Loading Manhica Health Research Center collaborators