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 implemented by the Community of Sant'Egidio in August 2001. DREAM provides patients with anti-retroviral drugs and laboratory tests at no charge, and is based on a particular strategy of health education and organization of services designed for a population that is predominantly poor and has a low level of formal education. This study analyzes the adherence of 154 patients over a period of 6 months. In evaluating adherence, two indicators were used: (1) the percentage of appointments kept for check-ups, tests and the collection of medicine, and (2) the overall change in the patients' blood chemistry over the 6-month period. Of the 154 patients, 127 (82.5%) kept more than 90% of their appointments. Adherence to the programme was further confirmed by a relevant increase of hemoglobin levels and CD4 counts, and a significant decrease in the viral loads among the 154 patients.
Marazzi, M.C., Bartolo, M., Emberti, L., Germano, P., Guidotti, G., Liotta, G., et al. (2006). Improving adherence to highly active anti-retroviral therapy in Africa: the DREAM programme in Mozambique. HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH, 21(1), 34-42.
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Marazzi, M.C., Bartolo, M., Emberti, L., Germano, P., Guidotti, G., Liotta, G., et al. (2006). Improving adherence to highly active anti-retroviral therapy in Africa: the DREAM programme in Mozambique. HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH, 21(1), 34-42.|
|IF:||Con Impact Factor ISI|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata|
|Revisione (peer review):||Sì, ma tipo non specificato|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/her/cyh039|
|Stato di pubblicazione:||Pubblicato|
|Data di pubblicazione:||feb-2006|
|Titolo:||Improving adherence to highly active anti-retroviral therapy in Africa: the DREAM programme in Mozambique|
|Autori:||Marazzi, MC; Bartolo, M; Emberti, L; Germano, P; Guidotti, G; Liotta, G; Magnano San Lio, M; Mancinelli, S; Modolo, MA; Narciso, P; Perno, CF; Scarcella, P; Tintisona, G; Palombi, L|
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