H. J. Diesfeld

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This study analysed the level of utilization of different kinds of health care providers, and its correlates, by people reporting an illness via a household health survey in a representative sample of 547 households (3667 persons) in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso in 1989. More than one-fourth of the sample reported suffering from a health care(More)
The objective of this study is to investigate the quality of drug prescriptions in nine health centres of three districts in rural Burkina Faso. 313 outpatient consultations were studied by methods of guided observation. Additionally interviews were held with the health care workers involved in the study. A total of 793 drugs prescribed by 15 health care(More)
This study assesses the performance of maternity care and its specific service components (preventive interventions in antenatal care, antenatal screening, referral, obstetric care) in Banke District, Nepal, using a set of structure, process, and output/outcome indicators. Data sources included health service documents in 14 first level health units and two(More)
This paper assesses the seasonal variations of the time and financial costs of illness for rural households in Burkina Faso. It is based on a multiple round survey of 566 households, which included a time allocation study. The economic parameters of households which influence health seeking behavior changed substantially between the dry and rainy seasons:(More)
Comprehensive estimates of the direct economic costs of malaria should include not only the costs of care at established health facilities, but also other expenditures, such as travel and out-of-pocket costs of drugs. They should include all episodes of illness, whether or not the patient attended a health facility. Also, the indirect economic costs, which(More)
Analyses of the health costs in developing countries have mainly dealt with provider costs. This is in spite of the fact that the bulk of illness related costs is borne by households. Where studied, household time and financial costs have not been treated in a comprehensive way. However, an incomplete cost assessment will lead to an underestimation of(More)
We compared the reaction in immunoblots of sera obtained from patients with parasitologically proven S. mansoni infections, with a suspected history of schistosomiasis infection, or with unrelated parasitic diseases. Several polypeptides from adult S. mansoni reacted with the schistosomiasis patients' sera in a heterogeneous manner. However, a component of(More)
A representative household survey was carried out in order to study the utilization of community health workers (CHW) in relation to other sources of health care. We found three main results: (1) For mild diseases, villagers consulted their CHW only in 8.8% of mild diseases, in 69% the family remained the main provider of primary care. (2) In the case of(More)
Schistosomula were recovered from the skin of mice following primary infections. On the surface of such "infecting schistosomula", mouse C3 could not be detected by immunofluorescence. Subsequent incubation in vitro with fresh mouse serum led to the effective deposition of mouse C3 on schistosomula only when they were recovered within a few hours but not(More)
This paper reports on 164 cases of kala-azar observed in the Baringo District of Kenya between February 1981 and February 1983. All were confirmed serologically by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and all but 20 by parasitological examination as well. Following the standard treatment with a 30 day course of sodium stibogluconate (Pentostam) two(More)