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Dr. Elizabeth Juma

Principal Research Officer

Kenya Medical Research Institute

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The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a state corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979, as the national body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya. Since its inception, KEMRI has develope ... more

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National Malaria Control Programme Manager

Minsitry of Public Health and Sanitation - Kenya



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Dr. Elizabeth Juma, Senior ... [cached]

Dr. Elizabeth Juma, Senior Research Officer and Public Health Specialist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, outlined the economic setbacks associated with malaria. In malaria-endemic countries, up to 50% of household expenditure2 on health is spent on malaria.

From left to right: Dr. David Reddy, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Véronique Lorenzo, DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission; Dr. Linus Igwemezie, Novartis Malaria Initiative; Dr. Elizabeth Juma, Kenya Medical Research Institute

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Elizabeth Juma, a research scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, said malaria remains a major health problem there and is the biggest cause of death for children under 5. It's widespread in the nation's agricultural areas, making it an issue in agricultural production. Juma said she decided to attend the session to understand how the goal of elimination in Kenya would affect ongoing control efforts.

"The global goals have changed," Juma said.

Micronutrient supplementation 'may increase malaria risk' [cached]

But Elizabeth Juma, an epidemiologist for the Kenya Medical Research Institute, said that iron supplements should continue to be provided as they are important for combatting the anaemia that malaria often causes.

By only providing patients with iron supplements after the malarial symptoms have been treated, the reduction of the drugs' effects could be avoided, she said.

Dr. Elizabeth Anyango ... [cached]

Dr. Elizabeth Anyango Juma

Novartis hits 500 million antimalarial delivery-mark » Green Media Ltd [cached]

"Not only are RDTs cost effective, they are convenient because no power, skilled personnel or sophisticated instruments are needed to realise results," says Dr Elizabeth Juma, head of the Division of Malaria Control (DOMC) at the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation.

She says the process is rapid because it takes 15 minutes to determine whether the patient is positive or negative and proceed to the next stage.
"Microscopy takes more time with the extraction of blood samples that must be smeared on a slide and stained for easy scan under a microscope. RDT is a short cut from that cumbersome and expensive route," says Dr Juma.
Besides monitoring the availability of drugs at remote health centres, explains Dr Juma, SMS for Life helps health managers at district and higher levels all the way to the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency know on a weekly basis the consumption of RDT kits at a particular health centre, the number of patients tested and their malaria status and what else needs to be done.
"With easy accessibility to tests and drugs at their neighbourhoods and ability by health officials at higher echelons to promptly keep pace with the progress on the ground, the SMS approach is bound to be effective," says Dr Juma.
She says in places where it has been rolled out fully like Tanzania, SMS for Life has been more effective than nets that have been used for fishing and converted into wedding gowns in some places.

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