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Snapshot 29/06/2016

This week in the European Respiratory Journal, MSF reports on the experience and challenges of compassionate use of delamanid in children and adolescents with multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, and in the International Journal of Epidemiology, an MSF multiregional analysis examines the optimal timing of ART initiation in HIV-positive children and adolescents.

In Public Health Action, MSF addresses the high mortality in TB-HIV patients in Swaziland, despite high uptake of antiretroviral and cotrimoxazole preventive therapy, and an MSF study investigates whether strengthening a peripheral surveillance system in the Democratic Republic of Congo lead to improved disease notification. MSF authors also assess the 2-year progress of mothers who underwent emergency caesarean sections in rural Burundi.

An MSF interview in Pathogens and Global Health discusses the health problems faced by refugees crossing Europe, and in The BMJ MSF warns of a catastrophic humanitarian emergency unfolding in Borno State, Nigeria, where 19% of children in a camp for internally displaced people had severe acute malnutrition.

Lastly, The Lancet reports on the new Guidelines for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting (GATHER), which define best reporting practices for studies that calculate health estimates for populations derived from a combination of multiple data sources.

Reminder: MSF Twitter Journal Club is this week, on Friday 1 July at 12.30pm BST. We will be discussing the updated WHO guidelines on drug-resistant tuberculosis. We hope to see you there!



European Respiratory Journal • Research Article ***MSF Authors***: Compassionate use of new drugs in children and adolescents with multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis: early experiences and challenges

Public Health Action • Article ***MSF Authors***: High mortality in tuberculosis patients despite HIV interventions in Swaziland



International Journal of Epidemiology • Research Article ***MSF Authors***: Optimal timing of antiretroviral treatment initiation in HIV-positive children and adolescents: a multiregional analysis from Southern Africa, West Africa and Europe

JAMA• Article: Focus on HIV in West and Central African Countries



The BMJ Global Health • Article: Ebola Holding Units at government hospitals in Sierra Leone: evidence for a flexible and effective model for safe isolation, early treatment initiation, hospital safety and health system functioning


Maternal and child health

Public Health Action • Article ***MSF Authors***: Caesarean sections in rural Burundi: how well are mothers doing two years on?

Public Health Action • Article ***MSF Authors***: Sparks creating light? Strengthening peripheral disease surveillance in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Lancet • Series: What is the private sector? Understanding private provision in the health systems of low-income and middle-income countries



JAMA• Article: Reducing Malaria Parasite Load in Donated Blood

Malaria Journal• Article: Mothers’ perception of recovery and satisfaction with patent medicine dealers’ treatment of childhood febrile conditions in rural communities

Malaria Journal• Article: Molecular monitoring of Plasmodium falciparum super-resistance to sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine in Tanzania

PLOS Medicine• Perspective: Malaria Epidemiology in Kilifi, Kenya during the 21st Century: What Next?

PLOS Medicine• Article: Age, Spatial, and Temporal Variations in Hospital Admissions with Malaria in Kilifi County, Kenya: A 25-Year Longitudinal Observational Study


Zika Virus

PLOS NTD• Article: Isolation of Infective Zika Virus from Urine and Saliva of Patients in Brazil

The BMJ • News: Trials of Zika vaccine are set to begin in North America


Other Infectious Neglected Tropical Diseases

PLOS NTD • Article: HMGB1 Is a Potential Biomarker for Severe Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

The Lancet Global Health • Article: Safety and immunogenicity of inactivated poliovirus vaccine when given with measles–rubella combined vaccine and yellow fever vaccine and when given via different administration routes: a phase 4, randomised, non-inferiority trial in The Gambia



The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology • Comment: Diabetes in rural Africa: what can Kenya show us?


Health in a humanitarian setting

The BMJ • News***MSF Mention***: Charity warns of humanitarian catastrophe in Nigeria

Urban Forum • Article***MSF Authors***: Crossing the Borders of Humanitarianism: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Inner-City Johannesburg

Pathogens and Global Health • News***MSF Mention***: Médecins Sans Frontières and the refugee crisis in Greece: An interview with Dr. Apostolos Veizis


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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