Projects

Reaching semi-nomadic groups using a test and treat (with doxycycline) strategy in a challenging onchocerciasis focus in West Region of Cameroon

  • Is mobile outreach with a doxycycline test and treat strategy (TTd) an effective strategy in reducing onchocerciasis prevalence and intensity of infection amongst hard-to-reach nomadic groups in Massangam health area (HA)?
  • What is the variation in prevalence of onchocerciasis and intensity of infection (community microfilaria load (CML)) in the different age and sex groups of hard-to-reach nomad community in the Massangam HA?
  • What was the coverage of ivermectin mass drug administration in the nomad population with respect to the last round of ivermectin MDA?
  • What is the cost of the mobile outreach strategy in this context, per person screened and treated?
Countries: Cameroon
Diseases: Onchocerciasis

Ov16 and Wb123 ELISA for onchocerciasis elimination mapping (OEM) Ethiopia

Would the same programmatic decisions for Oncho Elimination Mapping be made based off of the Ov16 RDT results as compared to the Ov16 SD ELISA results in 7 woredas included in OEM in Ethiopia?

Countries: Ethiopia

Does infection data add evidence to the understanding of trachoma prevalence in low endemic areas?

  1. To evaluate strategies for the elimination of trachoma by evaluating potential makers that show interruption of transmission of C. trachomatis
  2. To determine the prevalence of ocular chlamydial infection among children aged 1 – 9 years old in Mpwapwa and Kalambo District, Tanzania
  3. To determine the associated risk factors of ocular Chlamydia infection among children aged 1 – 9 years old in Mpwapwa and Kalambo District, Tanzania
  4. To determine the usability of antibody test to detect Chlamydia antigen pgp3 using lateral flow assay
  5. To examine the longevity of the antibody response to trachoma antigens in a high and low-prevalence setting
Countries: Tanzania
Diseases: Trachoma

Investigation of communities at increased risk of trachoma recrudescence & a model post-elimination surveillance strategy

Primary research question

Is there evidence of on-going or recent ocular Ct transmission in communities of northern Ghana felt to be at increased risk of recrudescence, at least two years since they were identified with Ct infection and or high anti-Pgp3 seroprevalence during pre-validation trachoma surveillance surveys?

Secondary research questions

What is the geographical extent of the boundaries of any persistent Ct infection and on-going transmission in the post-elimination setting?

What is the community-level (anti-Pgp3) prevalence of seropositivity for the multiplex bead array (MBA) (and possibly ELISA) as compared to the lateral flow assay (LFA)?

Countries: Ghana
Diseases: Trachoma

Evaluation of elimination of onchocerciasis in Malawi using the OV-16 serologic test

Evaluate the current status of transmission of onchocerciasis in a hyperendemic area treated for many years and in a hypoendemic area treated for lymphatic filariasis for 5 years using the Ov16 ELISA and supplemented by entomology results from a previous study

Countries: Malawi
Diseases: Onchocerciasis

Mf Clearance post-IDA in Samoa

What is the effectiveness of appropriately dosed IDA in clearing microfilariae (Mf) from Mf positive people who (i) reported taking triple drug therapy with ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine, and albendazole (IDA) in August 2018, and (ii) did not report recently taking IDA.

This will be investigated by:

  • assessing the baseline (current) Mf presence and density before re/treatment with IDA, against which post-treatment Mf presence and density can be compared
  • assessing the peak plasma concentration levels of ivermectin, DEC and albendazole in treated Mf positive individuals to identify whether the recommended dosages of medications are sufficient for achieving effective plasma concentrations
  • assessing Mf clearance one week following directly observed IDA re/treatment
Countries: Samoa

TAS 3 positive case follow-up

Is there still LF transmission after successful TAS 3?

Countries: Nepal | Nepal

Assessing drug coverage following mass drug administration to monitor the impact of the WHO recommended three-drug regimen of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine, and albendazole for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis

To validate the reported coverage of the 2018 mass drug administration in American Samoa in order to assess the impact of triple drug therapy with ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine, and albendazole (IDA) for lymphatic filariasis  on infection prevalence

Countries: American Samoa

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