Children with cerebral palsy in rural Uganda have 25 times higher risk of premature death – Medical Xpress

Child with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair, courtesy of the study, typically no such supports exist. Occupational therapist Sauba Kamusiime is on her left and caregiver is on her right demonstrating to the therapist what the child is able to do with her right hand. Credit: Carin Andrews

 
A new study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University reveals that children with cerebral palsy in rural Uganda have 25 times higher risk of premature death. The main causes of death were malaria and anemia. The study is to this date the largest study conducted on cerebral palsy in Africa and was published in PLoS One.

The children with severe malnutrition and severe motor impairments were the most likely to die. The study reveals that interventions to prevent malaria infections such as the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, coupled with caregiver training and support, including best feeding practices and simple measures to prevent other infections, could potentially reduce mortality in children with Cerebral palsy in this region.

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