Robinson Enow Mbu

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BACKGROUND Neural tube defect is a serious disabling but preventable congenital malformation with an incidence of 1.99 per 1000 births in Yaounde [A.K. Njamnshi, V. d e P. Djientcheu, A. Lekoubou, M. Guemse, M.T. Obama, R. Mbu, S. Takongmo, I. Kago. Neural tube defects are rare among black Americans but not in Sub-Saharan black Africans: The case of(More)
Pregnant women have an increased susceptibility to infection by Plasmodium falciparum. Parasites may be present in the placenta yet not detectable in peripheral blood smears by routine light microscopy. In order to determine how frequently misdiagnosis occurs, peripheral blood and placental samples were collected from 1,077 Cameroonian women at the time of(More)
Congenital Plasmodium falciparum malaria in newborns is uncommon in sub-Saharan Africa. A significant number of infants, however, become infected or exposed to malarial antigens either in utero or at delivery and have the potential to produce antimalarial antibodies and memory cells before their first natural infection. In Yaounde, Cameroon,(More)
BACKGROUND The 2004 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in Cameroon revealed a higher prevalence of HIV in richest and most educated people than their poorest and least educated compatriots. It is not certain whether the higher prevalence results partly or wholly from wealthier people adopting more unsafe sexual behaviours, surviving longer due to greater(More)
From June 1994 to July 1996, 4100 pregnant women living in Yaounde, Cameroon, were tested for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and syphilis. The HIV seroprevalence was 4.2% (95% confidence interval (CI): 3.6%-4.8%), and that of antibodies to Treponema pallidum was 17.4% (95% CI: 16.3%-18.6%) (HIV infection was twice as common in women with(More)
BACKGROUND Neural tube defects (NTD) are complex malformations rare in black Americans and Japanese. The incidence related to births or community-based studies have not been published in Cameroon or in black sub-Saharan countries, except one study in the Nigerian middle belt [Airede KI. Neural tube defects in the middle belt of Nigeria. J Trop Pediatr(More)
BACKGROUND Malaria remains a burden for pregnant women and the under 5. Intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women (IPTp) for malaria with sulfadoxine - pyrimethamine (SP) has since replaced prophylaxis and legislation has been reinforced in the area of insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs) in Cameroon. Clinical malaria despite all these(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescent pregnancies are a growing public health problem in Cameroon. We sought to study the outcome of such pregnancies, in order to inform public health action. METHODS A cross-sectional analysis of 5997 deliveries which compared the outcome of deliveries in adolescent (10-19 years old) pregnant women registered at the Yaoundé Central(More)
The purpose of this retrospective, descriptive study conducted in 7 third-level maternity units in Cameroon was to determine maternal mortality rates associated with obstetrical complications and correlate these data with competency of health-care staff and time-to-care. Consolidated data for the year 2004 were used to calculate various indicators of(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the data available on obstetric complications, maternal deaths, and types of admission in 7 tertiary maternity centers in Cameroon. METHODS A descriptive retrospective study of all obstetric complications and maternal deaths that occurred in 7 tertiary level maternity hospitals between January 2005 and December 2006. Data were(More)