Rehabilitation for cognitive impairments after cerebral malaria in African children: Strategies and limitations

Paul Bangirana, Richard Idro, Chandy C. John, Michael J. Boivin

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Abstract

Cerebral malaria results in short- to long-term cognitive impairments in many of its child survivors. Although some of the risk factors for impairments have been identified, no attempts have been made to address the plight of those who develop cognitive impairments. This paper discusses the burden of cognitive impairment caused by cerebral malaria and suggests some rehabilitation strategies based on brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation studies. Potential cognitive rehabilitation solutions such as cognitive exercises, environmental enrichment, nutritional supplementation, physical therapy and speech therapy are highlighted. The limitations of implementing these interventions and solutions are discussed in light of the limited human resources and infrastructure of the developing countries that are malaria endemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1341-1349
Number of pages9
JournalTropical Medicine and International Health
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Africa
  • Cerebral malaria
  • Children
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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