Improve diagnosis to fight meningitis
Acute bacterial meningitis is one of the most severe diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rapid diagnosis and adequate treatment are critical to improving clinical outcomes, but effective treatment is possible only with knowledge of the causal agents and their patterns of drug susceptibility. Because of inadequate laboratory facilities and limited training of health staff, data on the etiology of bacterial meningitis and local susceptibility patterns in Mozambique are limited.
A research seed grant from IANPHI will allow institute researchers to determine the etiology of acute community-acquired bacterial meningitis in the capital city of Maputo and identify susceptibility patterns of Streptococcus pneumoniae strains to antimicrobials. The study will form the basis for larger-scale projects in other regions of the country.
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