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Advocacy, policies and practicalities of preventive chemotherapy campaigns for African children with schistosomiasis.
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PMID:  23879611     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Preventive chemotherapy campaigns against schistosomiasis have progressively scaled-up during the last decade, administering single standard dose praziquantel (40 mg/kg) treatments to millions of African children. Steps taken in securing international advocacy and national level implementation are traced to highlight an international treatment platform set for further expansion, including surveillance of schistosomiasis, school-level targeting with better on-site drug administration and annual reporting of programmatic indicators (i.e., treatment coverage), potentially in real-time. Several shortcomings in need of resolution are identified and efficacy of praziquantel is assessed by a systematic review. If WHO predictions in reduction of schistosomiasis are to be realized, careful international harmonization and tailoring of national resources are required. Maintaining an effective drug distribution system and regularly checking drug efficacy are paramount.
J Russell Stothard; José C Sousa-Figueiredo; Annalan Md Navaratnam
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert review of anti-infective therapy     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1744-8336     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101181284     Medline TA:  Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  733-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Parasitology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, L3 5QA, UK.
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