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Snapshot 22/07/2016

It is the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban this week, and The Lancet has marked this by releasing a series of papers on HIV in prisoners. Within this series, MSF authors an article on HIV and tuberculosis in prison populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

In BMC Health Services Research, MSF investigates the impact of a state-led public-private partnership in India that aims to provide free childbirth services in private health facilities to women from socially disadvantaged groups, and finds that uptake of the programme is low despite having been implemented for almost 10 years.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases compares the use of fixed-dose artesunate-mefloquine versus artemether-lumefantrine for treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in children younger than 5 years, in sub-Saharan Africa. In The BMJ, a set of guidelines are proposed to help authors, commissioners, and editors decide when to update systematic reviews.

Lastly, registration is open for an MSF-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) symposium on improving care of people with non-communicable diseases in humanitarian settings.  The event will take place on 2 September 2016 and is free to attend.  Everything will also be streamed live online.  Click here to register to attend in person or watch online.



Lancet • Series ***MSF Author***: HIV and tuberculosis in prisons in sub-Saharan Africa

Lancet • Series: HIV, prisoners, and human rights

Lancet • Series: Clinical care of incarcerated people with HIV, viral hepatitis, or tuberculosis

Lancet • Series: Prevention of transmission of HIV, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and tuberculosis in prisoners

Lancet • Articles: Estimates of global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and mortality of HIV, 1980–2015: the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015

Lancet HIV • Comment: Time for a revolution in tracking the HIV epidemic

BMJ • News: Progress towards 2030 UN goal to end HIV epidemic falters


Maternal and child health

BMC Health Serv Res• Article***MSF Author***: Utilization of the state led public private partnership program “Chiranjeevi Yojana” to promote facility births in Gujarat, India: a cross sectional community based study

NEJM • Article***MSF Mention***: Amoxicillin for Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children


Research reporting

The BMJ • Research reporting: When and how to update systematic reviews: consensus and checklist



Lancet Infectious Disease • Comment: Comparison of artesunate–mefloquine and artemether–lumefantrine fixed-dose combinations for treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in children younger than 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa: a randomised, multicentre, phase 4 trial

Malaria Journal • Article: Identifying risk factors for Plasmodium infection and anaemia in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Malaria Journal • Article: A review of new challenges and prospects for malaria elimination in Mutare and Mutasa Districts, Zimbabwe

Malaria Journal • Article: Adherence to national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of severe malaria: a nationwide, cross-sectional survey in Malawi, 2012

Malaria Journal • Article: Equity in long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying for malaria prevention in a rural South Central Ethiopia

Malaria Journal • Article: Longitudinal effect of CD4 by cotrimoxazole use on malaria incidence among HIV-infected Ugandan adults on antiretroviral therapy: a randomized controlled study



IJTLD• Articles: Connectivity of diagnostic technologies: improving surveillance and accelerating tuberculosis elimination

IJTLD• Articles: Implementation and 8-year follow-up of an uninterrupted oxygen supply system in a hospital in The Gambia


Neglected Tropical Diseases

BMJ• Editorial: Yellow fever in Africa

PLOS NTD• Article: Integrated Analysis of Environment, Cattle and Human Serological Data: Risks and Mechanisms of Transmission of Rift Valley Fever in Madagascar

PLOS NTD• Article: Undiscovered Bat Hosts of Filoviruses

PLOS NTD• Article: Spatiotemporal Co-existence of Two Mycobacterium ulceransClonal Complexes in the Offin River Valley of Ghana



PLOS NTD• Article: Heterogeneity in District-Level Transmission of Ebola Virus Disease during the 2013-2015 Epidemic in West Africa

PLOS NTD• Article: Preparing towards Preventing and Containing an Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak: What Socio-cultural Practices May Affect Containment Efforts in Ghana?


Health in a humanitarian context

Conflict and Health • Article:  Excess mortality in refugees, internally displaced persons and resident populations in complex humanitarian emergencies (1998–2012) – insights from operational data

Curr Opin Infect Dis • Article: Prevention of common healthcare-associated infections in humanitarian hospitals.


Compiled by:  Holly Baker, Jeffrey Hau,  & Kim West

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK

MSF-authored article list assistance:
Frances Williams, Patricia Kahn
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA

If you are unable to access any of these articles please contact Kaai Meier-de Kock ( at the MSF-DE Library and Research Centre or Aline Raymond ( at OCB's IDC (Information and Documentation Centre) who will aim to send you the article within 48 hours.




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