Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/21/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Parents in rural health center previously wait up to 18 weeks for results

Students at Kenya's Strathmore University since 2001 have been developing and refining software for infant HIV diagnosis. The software has been implemented in 75 health center in the must rural parts of the country as part of first phase trials.

Soon parents in rural Kenya will be able to receive the HIV tests results of their infants as soon as the relevant blood tests have been done.

Soon parents in rural Kenya will be able to receive the HIV tests results of their infants as soon as the relevant blood tests have been done.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/21/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Kenya, HIV, infants, medical centers


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Once blood samples arrive at one of the nations four central Kenya Medical Research Institute, or KEMRI Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC laboratories, all samples are logged into the system. Once completed, the software automatically generates a short message service to the rural health Center the sample was sent from.

After the diagnosis is completed, the system generates another message to confirm this. If the result is negative, the results are also revealed. Results are received in rural areas on printers and parents are notified by the clinic that their results are ready.

Jesse Mtembe, nursing officer at the Akithenesit Health Center in Teso North can't wait for his Center to be connected to a new software system for diagnosing HIV in infants.

Mtembe's patients will soon be able to receive the HIV tests results of their infants as soon as the relevant tests have been conducted at one of the country's central laboratories some 200 kilometers away. Parents in rural health Centers currently have to wait up to 18 weeks for the results.

"On the SMS printers that we have already installed in rural clinics, we only send negative results in real time. This is because as a policy, all positive results on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment have to be re-run for confirmation in order to avoid false positives that might be due to contamination," Oscar Mulondanome a lab technologist at the Alupe Center says.

Unlike other HIV testing methods such as rapid tests, where a patient receives the results after a few minutes, testing for the virus in infants requires the PCR technique, which is used to amplify the genetic make-up, or DNA of a single or a few HIV viruses.

Early diagnosis in infants is conducted with the support of the National Aids and STIs Control Program and the United States Army Medical Research Unit.

"The database application has allowed real time analysis of data generated for active interventions and has a wide geographical coverage," Silvia Kadima, a research scientist at the KEMRI HIV laboratory says.

"We are projecting that by April this year, the software tool will be customized to Kenya's local needs, and that is when it will be officially launched and rolled out by the government," Kadima says.

She says that 50 more facilities would be connected for further trial phases before the product is officially rolled later this year. Kenya has a total of 904 listed public health Centers all over the country.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Africa

'Hijarbie' becomes internet sensation Watch

Image of Hijarbie is meant to promote modesty and provide a role model for Muslim girls (Hijarbie/Instagram).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

One woman gained international attention after posting pictures of Barbie dressed in a hijab to her Instagram account. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - 2016 has been a big month for Barbie. First, she becomes available in variety of skin tones, heights and sizes, ... continue reading


Where are they going?: Number of ISIS fighters in Syria heavily drop Watch

Image of ISIS militants rise in Libya.

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The number of ISIS militants swarming Syria and Iraq is believed to have dropped from 19,000 to 25,000 fighters to 20,000 to 31,500, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. However, as the number of fighters lower in that area, it is doubling in Libya. ... continue reading


Horrific female genital mutilation continues to haunt over 200 million girls and women around the world Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Despite efforts from the United Nations to completely outlaw this horrible practice, Female Genital Mutilation continues to affect girls and women all around the world.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the UN Children's agency, 200 million females ... continue reading


Why is the USA dumping Gitmo terrorists in Africa? Ghana Bishops Conference asks tough questions nobody wants to answer Watch

Image of Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Bishop's Conference of Ghana is unhappy that the U.S. government has sent two known terrorists to their country. The bishops have sent a letter asking the government of Ghana to send the terrorists back to where they came from. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


Boko Haram's horrific massacre leaves a trail of charred children's bodies Watch

Image of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared last year that Nigeria had

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram razed the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria this past weekend. Fifty people were killed - some of them children, when the group marched into the village and began shooting indiscriminately. Horrifying photos of charred ... continue reading


Women tricked into sex trafficking ... BY OTHER WOMEN Watch

Image of Women continue to be tricked into becoming victims of the sex trafficking industry (StopEnslavement.org).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Women are often duped by other women into believing there are job opportunities in Dubai. After paying a finder's fee to the "friends" who get them jobs, women travel to Dubai and learn that they were really sold as prostitutes. Their passports and return flight ... continue reading


South Sudan Needs Change NOW: Sudanese leaders must put their nation's interests before their own, bishop says Watch

Image of Sudan has been the scene of nearly continuous civil war since it gained independence in 1956 (Photo by Al Jazeera).

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale joined his brother prelates from South Sudan and Sudan for a time of rest and prayer in Rome last week, during which they were able to discuss key issues the two countries face, including decades of internal conflict and war. Rome, Italy ... continue reading


Libyan man executed by Islamic State for practicing acupuncture Watch

Image of Libyan Haaji Mohammed says that one of the men is his friend,

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The scene on the video is familiar, but no less horrific. Two men in orange jumpsuits kneel before a black-clad Islamic State executioner and have their heads cut off with a scimitar before a cheering crowd. Libyan Haaji Mohammed says that one of the men is his ... continue reading


Terrorist attacks at Burkina Faso luxury hotel foiled; security forces storm facility Watch

Image of A terrorist siege at a Burkina Faso luxury ended on Saturday after security forces stormed the building.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A terrorist siege at a Burkina Faso luxury ended on Saturday after security forces stormed the building. Twenty-eight people from 18 different nations died in the attack; the 156 people trapped in the hotel during the siege were freed and taken to safety. LOS ... continue reading


The world looks on as people in Africa continue to starve Watch

Image of People are starving to death while the world looks on (AFP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Millions in Ethiopia and South Sudan are victims of both drought and war, leaving most to starve. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ethiopia continues to suffer extreme droughts, doubling the number of people in need of help within a span of only three months, ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:4-10
4 'The priest will then take the basket from your hand and lay it before ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:1-13
1 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 10:8-13
8 What does it say, then? The word is very near to you; it is in your ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 14th, 2016 Image

St. Valentine
February 14: Click Here for St. Valentine Prayer's Saint ... Read More