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Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose Compared with Oral Iron in the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia at Delivery in Tanzania (Ferinject Trial)

Intravenous iron preparations have been shown to be superior to oral iron and have largely replaced the treatment of anemia in Northern countries. However, the socioeconomic and medical conditions in low resource countries greatly differ from those in northern countries. Patients’ different access to medication supply, perception of medication need and compliance as well as the burden of concomitant disease like malaria, soil-transmitted helminths, schistosomiasis, HIV and red blood cells (RBC) genetic disorders may influence effectiveness and safety of iron substitution modality. The aim of the study is to compare iv iron substitution by ferric carboxymaltose (Ferinject®) to per oral iron substitution in a low resource country.

Primary objective: To assess the superiority in terms of effectiveness of intravenous iron substitution with ferric carboxymaltose versus per oral iron substitution for women with iron deficient anemia at delivery in Tanzania.

Secondary objectives: 1) To evaluate safety and feasibility of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose substitution compared to per oral iron substitution in a resource limited country. 2) To evaluate acceptance of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose substitution compared to per oral iron substitution in a resource limited country, 3) To evaluate health and wellbeing of women receiving intravenous ferric carboxymaltose compared to women receiving per oral iron substitution, 4) To evaluate the sensitivity of diagnosis of iron deficiency by measuring hemoglobin, mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) only, compared to the diagnosis by measuring iron metabolism parameters in a resource limited country.

Lead Scientists:

Omar N Lweno

Thomas Zoller

Partners

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Insitute

Funders

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

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