Esther Babirekere-Iriso

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BACKGROUND HIV infection predisposes children with malnutrition to recurrent bacterial infections and a high risk of bacteraemia. METHODS A cross-sectional descriptive study to determine the prevalence, causative organisms, antibiotic sensitivity and factors associated with bacteraemia in malnourished children was undertaken at Mulago Hospital, Kampala.(More)
BACKGROUND Children treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are at risk of refeeding hypophosphatemia. Therapeutic diets have only recently become fortified with phosphorus to meet United Nations (UN) specifications, but to our knowledge no studies have investigated the effect. OBJECTIVE The aim was to assess concentrations and correlates of plasma(More)
BACKGROUND Severe acute malnutrition is a serious public health problem, and a challenge to clinicians. Why some children with malnutrition develop oedema (kwashiorkor) is not well understood. The objective of this study was to investigate socio-demographic, dietary and clinical correlates of oedema, in children hospitalised with severe acute malnutrition.(More)
BACKGROUND Children who receive in-hospital treatment of severe acute malnutrition often have high mortality rates, and the reasons are not well understood. OBJECTIVE We assessed risk factors for death in children who were treated for malnutrition in a hospital. DESIGN In a prospective observational study of 120 children who were receiving in-hospital(More)
Children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with complications require in-patient management including therapeutic feeding. Little attention has been given to the effects of these feeds on the essential fatty acid status of children with SAM. The objective of this study was to describe changes in the PUFA composition in whole blood in children with SAM(More)
BACKGROUND Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a common condition in children living in low-income countries and may be associated with reduced polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) blood levels. The purpose of this study was to describe whole blood fatty acid composition and correlates of PUFA in children admitted with SAM. METHODS We conducted a(More)
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