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Critical PhDDr Hashini Galappaththi-Arachchige defended her doctoral thesis where she explored the accuracy of different diagnostic tools. She found that we must find other methods to identify Female Genital Schistosomiasis. She described how river water contact is associated with genital symptoms in adolescent girls and young women in rural South Africa. ## Dean of University of Oslo Professor Borghild Roald leads the prossession, followed by Prof Charles King (Case Western University, United States), Prof Kyllike Christensen (Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden), Professor Annetine Staff (University of Oslo, Norway) and PhD Candidate Hashini Nilushika Galappaththi-Arachchige (Medical doctor, PhD) Sri Lanka/Norway/South... read more
On making FGS diagnosis accessiblePatients with Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) are not being diagnosed, neither in rural health care nor in university hospitals. We are on the brink of making FGS diagnosis accessible where the patients are: (a) the WHO Pocket Atlas for FGS has been given to every African country but for the Portuguese version, which is in press. (b) clinicians have started using or WHO Pocket Atlas for FGS. (c) the UNAIDS has invited FGS diagnosis, prevention and management into their clinics. (d) FGS has for the first time been incorporated into the health professionals’ curricula, starting with nurses’ curriculum in Ethiopia. (e) more than 400 gynaecologists have had it as part of their colposcopy training in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr Pamela Mbabazi from the World Health Organisation leads a session on Female Genital Schistosomiasis. In the panel Professor Tchuem-tchuente and a group of... read more
Joining hands to prevent cervical cancerProf Motshedisi has her work cut out for her with 3 epidemics in KwaZulu-Natal that contribute to cervical cancer: (1) Human Papillomavirus – we have a vaccine for children, this has been rolled out. (2) HIV – we have ART, this is available. (3) Schistosomiaisis – we can prevent it with Praziquantel in childhood, this is still needs to be managed.... read more
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- Visual diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis in Zambian women from hand-held colposcopy: agreement of expert image review March 3, 2023 Amy Sturt
- The Presence of Hemoglobin in Cervicovaginal Lavage Is Not Associated With Genital Schistosomiasis in Zambian Women From the BILHIV Study December 21, 2022 Amy S Sturt
- Establishing and Integrating a Female Genital Schistosomiasis Control Programme into the Existing Health Care System November 24, 2022 Takalani Girly Nemungadi
- Absence of lower genital tract lesions among women of reproductive age infected with Schistosoma mansoni: A cross-sectional study using a colposcope in Western Kenya July 8, 2022 Huldah C Sang
- The use of public transport and contraction of SARS-CoV-2 in a large prospective cohort in Norway March 15, 2022 Merete Ellingjord-Dale