Joseph Chukwudi Okeibunor

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The predictors of sustainability of community-directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) at four implementation levels were evaluated in 41 African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) projects, encompassing 492 communities in 10 countries. A model protocol provided information on indicators corresponding to nine aspects of a project that is likely to(More)
Despite massive anti-malaria campaigns across the subcontinent, effective access to intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) and insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) among pregnant women remain low in large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The slow uptake of malaria prevention products appears to reflect lack of knowledge and resistance to behavioural change, as(More)
As the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) matured into its 10th year of ensuring community involvement in mass annual treatment of onchocerciasis with ivermectin, there was recognition of a need to study not only annual coverage of ivermectin in villages but also the compliance of individual villagers with these annual treatments. This was(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the differences in health-seeking for childhood malaria treatment, between urban and rural communities in Nigeria, with a view to providing information to policy makers that will be used to improve malaria control. METHODS Quantitative and qualitative research methods were employed in eliciting information. A pre-tested structured(More)
Health-seeking patterns of persons with tuberculosis (TB) before reporting at the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) clinic for diagnosis and treatment were analysed. A total of 221 persons registered in the DOTS programme in 12 randomly selected rural and urban Local Government Areas in southern Nigeria were interviewed using a semi-structured(More)
OBJECTIVES To document peoples' perceptions of the benefits of taking ivermectin, as an important predictor of sustained compliance with long-term ivermectin treatment, and to identify the socio-demographic correlates of perceived benefits of ivermectin treatment. METHODS Multisite study in Cameroon, DRC, Nigeria and Uganda. A structured questionnaire was(More)
Onchocerciasis is controlled by mass treatment of at-risk populations with ivermectin. Ivermectin is delivered through community-directed treatment (CDTI) approach. A model has been developed to evaluate the sustainability of the approach and has been tested at 35 projects in 10 countries of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC). It(More)
A study of urinary schistosomiasis in Umueze-Anam, Anambra State, Nigeria, showed a Schistosoma haematobium infection of 26% (85) among school children with no significant difference by sex except when age as a variable is introduced. Eleven percent (37) of the 333 children were positive for haematuria; all these 37 children lived within 1.0 km of the water(More)
There is limited data on the prevalence of onchocerciasis in young children in Nigeria, partly because treatment with the effective drug Ivermectin has been contra-indicated in children less than 5. As the risk of complications of onchocerciasis is related to duration and intensity of infection, it would be beneficial to know the prevalence in young(More)
We studied the involvement of community-directed distributors (CDDs) of ivermectin for onchocerciasis control in other health and development activities in Nigeria, Togo and Cameroon. Most CDDs (82%) were involved in additional activities, especially EPI, water and sanitation and community development projects. These activities did not take up much time and(More)