Sandro Mancinelli

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BACKGROUND Maintaining treatment adherence among the growing number of patients receiving antiretroviral treatment in Africa is a dramatic challenge. The objective of our study was to explore the results of a computerized pill count method and to test the validity, sensitivity, and specificity of this method with respect to viral load measurement in an(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the incidence and consequences of adverse reactions among African HIV-positive pregnant women treated with fixed-dose combinations of a nevirapine-containing antiretroviral (ARV) triple therapy. METHODS A retrospective analysis of the clinical files of 703 HIV-1-positive pregnant women treated with a nevirapine-containing regimen(More)
INTRODUCTION Cost-effectiveness analysis are crucial in the management of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, particularly in resource-limited settings. Such analyses have not been performed in the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). OBJECTIVE Cost-effectiveness analysis of HAART approach in(More)
BACKGROUND Optimized preventive strategies are needed to reach the objective of eliminating pediatric AIDS. This study aimed to define the determinants of residual HIV transmission in the context of maternal antiretroviral therapy (ART) administration to pregnant women, to assess infant safety of this strategy, and to evaluate its impact on maternal(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effect of extended antenatal triple antiretroviral therapy (ART) on infant outcomes. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study using pooled data from health clinics in Malawi and Mozambique from July 2005 to December 2009. METHODS Computerized records of 3273 HIV-infected pregnant women accessing Drug Resource Enhancement Against AIDS(More)
We conducted a retrospective cohort study of HIV-infected pregnant women and their infants enrolled in the DREAM programme for prevention of HIV mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) in Mozambique. All women delivering between May 2002 and December 2005 were offered participation. The programme consisted of the provision of highly active anti-retroviral(More)
BACKGROUND HIV infection is a major contributor to maternal mortality in resource-limited settings. The Drug Resource Enhancement Against AIDS and Malnutrition Programme has been promoting HAART use during pregnancy and postpartum for Prevention-of-mother-to-child-HIV transmission (PMTCT) irrespective of maternal CD4 cell counts since 2002. METHODS(More)
Ensuring high levels of adherence to highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) is a priority in treating people living with AIDS. This study reports the rates of adherence of patients served by DREAM (Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition) in the city of Matola, Mozambique. DREAM, an innovative programme tailored for Africa, was(More)
BACKGROUND The use of antiretrovirals to reduce the incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection has been evaluated in mathematical models as potential strategies for curtailing the epidemic. Cohort data from the Drug Resource Enhancement Against AIDS and Malnutrition (DREAM) Program was used to generate a realistic model for the HIV epidemic(More)
This study evaluates the effectiveness of a holistic model for treating people living with AIDS in Africa; the model aims to improve knowledge about AIDS prevention and care, increase trust in the health centre, impact behaviour, and promote a high level of adherence to HAART. The study took place in the context of the DREAM (Drug Resource Enhancement(More)