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Snapshot 28/10/2016

To coincide with the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool this week, MSF blogs about the importance of drug regulation in the age of antimicrobial resistance, drawing from experiences treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Uzbekistan.  In BMC Medicine, MSF contributes to a study assessing the efficacy of the antimalarial artemether-lumefantrine in children with or without severe acute malnutrition in Mali and Niger.

In The Lancet Infectious Diseases, MSF contributes to an article proposing a new framework to increase access and equity of viral load testing for HIV treatment monitoring, and in PLOS ONE, MSF assesses Medication Adherence Clubs for integrated HIV and non-communicable disease (NCD) care in Kenya. This topic was recently explored in an MSF/LSHTM symposium on NCDs, and videos of the presentations can be found here.

Lastly, in BMC Medical Ethics, a systematic qualitative review of disaster research ethics guidelines finds inconsistences in concepts and terminology, and notes that not all disaster settings are accounted for.



PLOS Blogs • Blog post ***MSF Author***: Drug Regulation in the Age of Antimicrobial Resistance

BMJ Blogs • Blog post ***MSF Author***: Drug regulation in the age of antimicrobial resistance

IJTLD • Article: Epidemiology of tuberculosis in Cameroon as mirrored in notification data, 2006–2014

IJTLD • Article: Treatment outcomes of drug-resistant tuberculosis patients in Kenya

IJTLD • Article: TB and HIV co-infection in children: do we know enough?



PLOS ONE • Article***MSF Author***: "They just come, pick and go." The Acceptability of Integrated Medication Adherence Clubs for HIV and Non Communicable Disease (NCD) Patients in Kibera, Kenya

The Lancet Inf Dis • Personal View ***MSF Author***: Early antiretroviral therapy initiation: access and equity of viral load testing for HIV treatment monitoring 

The Lancet HIV • Article: Evaluating strategies to improve HIV care outcomes in Kenya: a modelling study 


Research ethics

BMC Medical Ethics • Article: Research in disaster settings: a systematic qualitative review of ethical guidelines



BMC Medicine • Article ***MSF Author***: Efficacy of artemether-lumefantrine in relation to drug exposure in children with and without severe acute malnutrition: an open comparative intervention study in Mali and Niger

International Journal of Health Geographics • Article ***MSF Author***: Optimal health and disease management using spatial uncertainty: a geographic characterization of emergent artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum distributions in Southeast Asia

The Lancet Inf Dis • Comment: Global malaria importations

The Lancet Inf Dis • Article: The geography of imported malaria to non-endemic countries: a meta-analysis of nationally reported statistics

Malaria Journal • Article: Multi-dimensional knowledge of malaria among Nigerian caregivers: implications for insecticide-treated net use by children

Malaria Journal • Article: Malaria diagnosis and mapping with m-Health and geographic information systems (GIS): evidence from Uganda

Malaria Journal • Article: Malaria burden in a birth cohort of HIV-exposed uninfected Ugandan infants living in a high malaria transmission setting

Malaria Journal • Article: Communication for behavioural impact in enhancing utilization of insecticide-treated bed nets among mothers of under-five children in rural North Sudan: an experimental study

Malaria Journal • Article: The effectiveness of a nationwide universal coverage campaign of insecticide-treated bed nets on childhood malaria in Malawi


Health in humanitarian settings

The Lancet • Comment: Migration and health—from aspiration to desperation

The Lancet • Special Report: WHO's Director-General candidates: visions and priorities


Neglected Tropical Diseases

The Lancet Inf Dis • Article: Excess mortality associated with loiasis: a retrospective population-based cohort study

The Lancet Inf Dis • Article: Filarial infection deserves attention as neglected tropical disease

PLOS NTD • Article: Fears and Misperceptions of the Ebola Response System during the 2014-2015 Outbreak in Sierra Leone

PLOS NTD • Article: Identification of Aedes aegypti Long Intergenic Non-coding RNAs and Their Association with Wolbachia and Dengue Virus Infection

PLOS NTD • Article: Rift Valley Fever Virus Circulating among Ruminants, Mosquitoes and Humans in the Central African Republic



NEJM • Correspondence: Zika Virus and the Guillain–Barré Syndrome — Case Series from Seven Countries

NEJM • Editorial: Zika Getting on Your Nerves? The Association with the Guillain–Barré Syndrome

NEJM • Article: Guillain–Barré Syndrome Associated with Zika Virus Infection in Colombia

PLOS NTD • Article: OpenZika: An IBM World Community Grid Project to Accelerate Zika Virus Drug Discovery


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

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK

MSF-authored article list assistance:
Eleonora D'Amore, 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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