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Biomonitoring Human Exposure to Household Air Pollution and Association with Self-reported Health Symptoms - A Stove Intervention Study in Peru.

Li, Zheng; Commodore, Adwoa; Hartinger, Stella; Lewin, Michael; Sjödin, Andreas; Pittman, Erin; Trinidad, Debra; Hubbard, Kendra; Lanata, Claudio F; Gil, Ana I; Mäusezahl, Daniel; Naeher, Luke P
| Idioma(s): Inglés
BACKGROUND: Household air pollution (HAP) from indoor biomass stoves contains harmful pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and is a leading risk factor for global disease burden. We used biomonitoring to assess HAP exposure and association with self-reported symptoms in 334 non-smoking Peruvian women to evaluate the efficacy of a stove intervention program. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study within the framework of a community randomized control trial. Using urinary PAH metabolites (OH-PAHs) as the exposure biomarkers, we investigated whether the intervention group (n=155, with new chimney-equipped stoves) were less exposed to HAP compared to the control group (n=179, with mostly open-fire stoves). We also estimated associations between the exposure biomarkers, risk factors, and self-reported health symptoms, such as recent eye conditions, respiratory conditions, and headache. RESULTS: We observed reduced headache and ocular symptoms in the intervention group than the control group. Urinary 2-naphthol, a suggested biomarker for inhalation PAH exposure, was significantly lower in the intervention group (GM with 95% CI: 13.4 [12.3, 14.6] µg/g creatinine) compared to control group (16.5 [15.0, 18.0] µg/g creatinine). Stove type and/or 2-naphthol was associated with a number of self-reported symptoms, such as red eye (adjusted OR with 95% CI: 3.80 [1.32, 10.9]) in the past 48h. CONCLUSIONS: Even with the improved stoves, the biomarker concentrations in this study far exceeded those of the general populations and were higher than a no-observed-genotoxic-effect-level, indicating high exposure and a potential for increased cancer risk in the population.
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Use of rapid needs assessment as a tool to identify vaccination delays in Guatemala and Peru.

D'Ardenne, Katie K; Darrow, Juliana; Furniss, Anna; Chavez, Catia; Hernandez, Herminio; Berman, Stephen; Asturias, Edwin J
| Idioma(s): Inglés
OBJECTIVE: To explore the use of rapid needs assessment (RNA) surveys to determine the prevalence and factors contributing to delays in vaccination of children in two low middle-income countries (LMIC). METHODS: Data from two RNA surveys performed as part of program improvement evaluations in Guatemala and Peru were used for this analysis. The primary endpoint was the timeliness of immunization with delay defined as administration of vaccines beyond 28 days from recommended age for DTwP-HepB-Hib (Penta) and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines, as well as past age-restrictions for rotavirus vaccine. Independent risk factors analyzed included child's gender, birth year, number of children in household, maternal age, maternal education, and food insecurity. RESULTS: Vaccine information was available from 811 children from 838 households surveyed. High rate of immunization delays was observed, with 75.6% of children in Guatemala and 57.8% of children in Peru being delayed for the third dose of Penta primary series. Factors associated with delayed vaccination in Guatemala included advanced maternal age and increased number of children in household. In Peru, significant associations were birth year before 2009, lower maternal education level, and increased number of children in household. CONCLUSIONS: RNA is a fast and effective method to identify timely vaccine coverage and derive a hypothesis of factors possibly associated with vaccination delay.
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Evolución del concepto de cambio climático y su impacto en la salud pública del Perú/ Evolution of the climate change concept and its impact in the public health of Peru

Sánchez Zavaleta, Carlos A.
| Idioma(s): Español
RESUMEN El término de "cambio climático" no es un concepto nuevo, pero su impacto en la salud pública está en continua revisión. Sabemos que el clima ya cambió y va seguir cambiando por los próximos siglos con el aumento de la temperatura global promedio, y el consecuente aumento del nivel del mar. Este hecho hace que los esfuerzos para la mitigación de la emisión de gases sean relevantes únicamente a muy largo plazo y para generaciones de humanos cuyos padres aun no nacen. Si hablamos de salud pública en el contexto de cambio climático, hablamos de adaptación. En el presente, los países más afectados por los efectos del cambio climático son justamente los países como el Perú, sin una huella ecológica significativa a nivel mundial, pero que son altamente sensibles a los efectos del clima. Sin proyecciones confiables del cambio en el clima, el impacto en la salud puede ser incierto y complicado. Sin embargo, a nivel local, cada distrito puede identificar sus propias vulnerabilidades y definir sus prioridades para asegurar la salud de su población. Existen y se pueden crear indicadores de salud ambiental para monitorizar qué tan bien nos estamos adaptando y qué tan preparados estamos para los cambios en el clima. La adaptación a los cambios del clima implica elevar las condiciones de vida, mejorar los sistemas de vigilancia epidemiológica y ampliar el acceso a servicios de salud. La lucha contra los efectos del cambio climático en salud pública es la lucha contra la pobreza y la desigualdad, y eso no es nada nuevo en el Perú. ABSTRACT The term "climate change" is not a new concept but its impact on public health is under constant review. We know that climate has already changed and will continue to change for centuries with the rise in average global temperature, and the associated rise in sea level. This fact makes mitigation efforts relevant only in the very long term and for generations of humans whose parents have not yet been born. When we talk about public health in the context of climate change, we are talking about adaptation. In the present, countries that are currently the most affected by climate change are precisely countries like Peru, without a significant carbon footprint at the global level but that are highly sensitive to the effects of climate. Without reliable climate projections, the health impact of climate change can be uncertain and complicated. Nevertheless, at the local level, every district can identify its vulnerabilities and define priorities to protect the health of its population. There are, and it can also be developed, environmental health indicators that can help monitor how well we are adapting and how prepared we are for changes in the climate. Adaptation to climate change implies improving living conditions, enhancing epidemiological surveillance systems and extending access to healthcare. The fight against the effects of climate change in public health is a fight against poverty and inequality, and that is nothing new in Peru.
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Evolución del concepto de cambio climático y su impacto en la salud pública del Perú/ Evolution of the climate change concept and its impact in the public health of Peru

Sánchez Zavaleta, Carlos A
| Idioma(s): Español
El término de ôcambio climáticoõ no es un concepto nuevo, pero su impacto en la salud pública está en continua revisión. Sabemos que el clima ya cambió y va seguir cambiando por los próximos siglos con el aumento de la temperatura global promedio, y el consecuente aumento del nivel del mar. Este hecho hace que los esfuerzos para la mitigación de la emisión de gases sean relevantes únicamente a muy largo plazo y para generaciones de humanos cuyos padres aun no nacen. Si hablamos de salud pública en el contexto de cambio climático, hablamos de adaptación. En el presente, los países más afectados por los efectos del cambio climático son justamente los países como el Perú, sin una huella ecológica significativa a nivel mundial, pero que son altamente sensibles a los efectos del clima. Sin proyecciones confiables del cambio en el clima, el impacto en la salud puede ser incierto y complicado. Sin embargo, a nivel local, cada distrito puede identificar sus propias vulnerabilidades y definir sus prioridades para asegurar la salud de su población. Existen y se pueden crear indicadores de salud ambiental para monitorizar qué tan bien nos estamos adaptando y qué tan preparados estamos para los cambios en el clima. La adaptación a los cambios del clima implica elevar las condiciones de vida, mejorar los sistemas de vigilancia epidemiológica y ampliar el acceso a servicios de salud. La lucha contra los efectos del cambio climático en salud pública es la lucha contra la pobreza y la desigualdad, y eso no es nada nuevo en el Perú... The term ôclimate changeõ is not a new concept but its impact on public health is under constant review. We know that climate has already changed and will continue to change for centuries with the rise in average global temperature, and the associated rise in sea level. This fact makes mitigation efforts relevant only in the very long term and for generations of humans whose parents have not yet been born. When we talk about public health in the context of climate change, we are talking about adaptation. In the present, countries that are currently the most affected by climate change are precisely countries like Peru, without a significant carbon footprint at the global level but that are highly sensitive to the effects of climate. Without reliable climate projections, the health impact of climate change can be uncertain and complicated. Nevertheless, at the local level, every district can identify its vulnerabilities and define priorities to protect the health of its population. There are, and it can also be developed, environmental health indicators that can help monitor how well we are adapting and how prepared we are for changes in the climate. Adaptation to climate change implies improving living conditions, enhancing epidemiological surveillance systems and extending access to healthcare. The fight against the effects of climate change in public health is a fight against poverty and inequality, and that is nothing new in Peru...
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Promoting multi-micronutrient powders (MNP) in Peru: acceptance by caregivers and role of health personnel.

Creed-Kanashiro, Hilary; Bartolini, Rosario; Abad, Melissa; Arevalo, Varinia
| Idioma(s): Inglés
UNLABELLED: Iron deficiency causes anaemia and other adverse effects on the nutritional status and development of millions of children. Multi-micronutrient powders (MNP) have been shown to reduce anaemia in young children. In Peru, 50% of children 6-36 months are anaemic. Since 2009, the government has started distributing MNP. This qualitative study explored the acceptability of MNP by caregivers and the role of health personnel (HP) in three regions (Apurimac, Ayacucho and Cajamarca), piloting the MNP programme between 2009 and 2011. Data collection consisted of interviews (35) and observations (13) with caregivers and HP (11). In Cajamarca, 16 families were visited three times in their homes to understand caregivers' use and difficulties. Results showed the critical role HP has in influencing caregiver understanding and use of the MNP, as well as the need for training to avoid confusing messages and provide counselling techniques that consider cultural sensitivity to optimize HP interactions with caregivers and adapt the recommendations for MNP use to local family feeding routines. There was greater acceptance of MNP by caregivers giving semi-solid foods (e.g. purees) to their children than those who served dilute preparations (e.g. soups). Acceptance was similar across regions, but there were some differences between urban and rural settings. Home visits were shown to be a key in improving the use of MNP by caregivers as misunderstandings on preparation, required consistency and optimum practices were common. These findings can contribute to strategies to enhance acceptability and use. KEY MESSAGES: Acceptance and use of multi-micronutrient powders (MNP) by caregivers greatly depend upon how it is presented, promoted and counselled by health personnel. Counselling for MNP use needs to consider and adapt to the local cultural context and incorporate family and child feeding routines. MNP are presented as part of appropriate feeding practices, encouraging caregivers to find simple and acceptable ways of giving semi-solid or solid foods with which to mix it.
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Low HDL cholesterol as a cardiovascular risk factor in rural, urban, and rural-urban migrants: PERU MIGRANT cohort study.

Lazo-Porras, María; Bernabe-Ortiz, Antonio; Málaga, Germán; Gilman, Robert H; Acuña-Villaorduña, Ana; Cardenas-Montero, Deborah; Smeeth, Liam; Miranda, J Jaime
| Idioma(s): Inglés
INTRODUCTION: Whilst the relationship between lipids and cardiovascular mortality has been well studied and appears to be controversial, very little has been explored in the context of rural-to-urban migration in low-resource settings. OBJECTIVE: Determine the profile and related factors for HDL-c patterns (isolated and non-isolated low HDL-c) in three population-based groups according to their migration status, and determine the effect of HDL-c patterns on the rates of cardiovascular outcomes (i.e. non-fatal stroke and non-fatal myocardial infarction) and mortality. METHODS: Cross-sectional and 5-year longitudinal data from the PERU MIGRANT study, designed to assess the effect of migration on cardiovascular risk profiles and mortality in Peru. Two different analyses were performed: first, we estimated prevalence and associated factors with isolated and non-isolated low HDL-c at baseline. Second, using longitudinal information, relative risk ratios (RRR) of composite outcomes of mortality, non-fatal stroke and non-fatal myocardial infarction were calculated according to HDL-c levels at baseline. RESULTS: Data from 988 participants, rural (n = 201), rural-to-urban migrants (n = 589), and urban (n = 199) groups, was analysed. Low HDL-c was present in 56.5% (95%CI: 53.4%-59.6%) without differences by study groups. Isolated low HDL-c was found in 36.5% (95%CI: 33.5-39.5%), with differences between study groups. In multivariable analysis, urban group (vs. rural), female gender, overweight and obesity were independently associated with isolated low HDL-c. Only female gender, overweight and obesity were associated with non-isolated low HDL-c. Longitudinal analyses showed that non-isolated low HDL-c increased the risk of negative cardiovascular outcomes (RRR = 3.46; 95%CI: 1.23-9.74). CONCLUSIONS: Isolated low HDL-c was the most common dyslipidaemia in the study population and was more frequent in rural subjects. Non-isolated low HDL-c increased three-to fourfold the 5-year risk of cardiovascular outcomes.
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Understanding Perceptions of Climate Change, Priorities, and Decision-Making among Municipalities in Lima, Peru to Better Inform Adaptation and Mitigation Planning.

Siña, Mariella; Wood, Rachel C; Saldarriaga, Enrique; Lawler, Joshua; Zunt, Joseph; Garcia, Patricia; Cárcamo, César
| Idioma(s): Inglés
Climate change poses multiple risks to the population of Lima, the largest city and capital of Peru, located on the Pacific coast in a desert ecosystem. These risks include increased water scarcity, increased heat, and the introduction and emergence of vector-borne and other climate sensitive diseases. To respond to these threats, it is necessary for the government, at every level, to adopt more mitigation and adaptation strategies. Here, focus groups were conducted with representatives from five Lima municipalities to determine priorities, perception of climate change, and decision-making processes for implementing projects within each municipality. These factors can affect the ability and desire of a community to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. The results show that climate change and other environmental factors are of relatively low priority, whereas public safety and water and sanitation services are of highest concern. Perhaps most importantly, climate change is not well understood among the municipalities. Participants had trouble distinguishing climate change from other environmental issues and did not fully understand its causes and effects. Greater understanding of what climate change is and why it is important is necessary for it to become a priority for the municipalities. Different aspects of increased climate change awareness seem to be connected to having experienced extreme weather events, whether related or not to climate change, and to higher socioeconomic status.
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Feasibility of Recruiting Peer Educators to Promote HIV Testing Using Facebook Among Men Who have Sex with Men in Peru.

Menacho, Luis A; Galea, Jerome T; Young, Sean D
| Idioma(s): Inglés
A peer leader-based intervention using social media can be an effective means to encourage Peruvian gay men to test for HIV. The objective was to explore the feasibility of recruiting and training leaders to deliver a peer intervention via Facebook to promote HIV testing. Training consisted of three sessions focused on HIV epidemiology, consequences of stigma associated with HIV, and ways to use Facebook. We performed pre- and post-training evaluations to assess HIV knowledge and comfort using Facebook. We trained 34 peer leaders. At baseline, the majority of peer leaders were already qualified and knowledgeable about HIV prevention and use of social media. We found a significant increase in proportion of peer leaders who were comfortable using social media to discuss about sexual partners and about STIs. It is feasible to recruit peer leaders who are qualified to conduct a social media based HIV prevention intervention in Peru.
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