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School Based Malaria Control in Ugandan Schoolchildren (SBMC)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 1, 2010
Last Update Posted : May 23, 2013
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University

Brief Summary:
The investigators hypothesize that schoolchildren treated with IPT using DP over one year of follow-up will have a different risk of clinical malaria compared to those treated with placebo.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Malaria Drug: Four monthly IPT with dihydroartemisinin Piperaquine (DP) Drug: Monthly IPT using DP Drug: Placebo given every month Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 740 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: School-based Malaria Control: Impact of Intermittent Preventive Treatment on Malaria Morbidity and Cognitive Function in Ugandan School Children
Study Start Date : February 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2012

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MedlinePlus related topics: Malaria

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Four monthly IPT
IPT give once a school term (every four months)
Drug: Four monthly IPT with dihydroartemisinin Piperaquine (DP)
Given every 4 months (once a school term)
Other Name: Duocortexin

Experimental: Monthly IPT
IPT given every month
Drug: Monthly IPT using DP
Given every month
Other Name: Duocortexin

Placebo Comparator: Placebo
No active drug in the placebo
Drug: Placebo given every month
No active ingredient
Other Name: Placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Risk of Clinical Malaria [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Fever(temperature greater or equal to 37.5 degrees centigrade or history of fever in past 24 hours) in presence of parasitemia.

  2. Cognitive function tests [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Mean score in the cognitive function tests (Raven's Matrices test and Code transmission test)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Risk of parasitemia [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    presence of asexual parasites on blood smear

  2. Risk of hospital admissions [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Admission of any cause

  3. Risk of adverse events [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Any untoward medical occurrence in a participant taking study medication

  4. School performance [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Average position in class as reported in the end of the year school report

  5. Prevalence of anemia [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Proportion of hemoglobin measurements < 10 g/dL.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age ≥ 6 - 14 years
  • Pupils enrolled at participating school
  • Willingness of the parent/guardian to provide consent
  • Provision of assent by pupil (those above 8 years)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known allergy or history of adverse reaction to study medications
  • Intention of changing of schools during the follow-up period
  • History (obtained from the parent/guardian) of any known serious chronic disease requiring frequent medical care

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01231880

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Mulanda Sub-district
Tororo, Uganda, 256
Sponsors and Collaborators
Makerere University
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Joaniter I Nankabirwa, MSc CEB Makerere University Kampala
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Faculty of Medicine, Dr, Makerere University Identifier: NCT01231880    
Other Study ID Numbers: MCDC-SBMC
First Posted: November 1, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 23, 2013
Last Verified: May 2013
Keywords provided by Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Antiprotozoal Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Anti-Infective Agents