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Knowledge and management of female genital schistosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa: A scoping review protocol

Comfort D. Tetteh, Jabulani R. Ncayiyana, Sizwe E. Makhunga, Alfred K. Manyeh, Emmanuel A. Asiamah, Themba G. Ginindza
Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases | Vol 39, No 1 | a553 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajid.v39i1.553 | © 2024 Comfort D. Tetteh, Jabulani R. Ncayiyana, Sizwe E. Makhunga, Alfred K. Manyeh, Emmanuel A. Asiamah, Themba G. Ginindza | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 July 2023 | Published: 30 June 2024

About the author(s)

Comfort D. Tetteh, Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; and, Ghana Health Service, Ayawaso East Municipal Health Directorate, Accra, Ghana
Jabulani R. Ncayiyana, Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Sizwe E. Makhunga, Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Alfred K. Manyeh, Institute of Health Research, School of Allied Health Science, University of Health Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, Ghana
Emmanuel A. Asiamah, Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; and, Cancer and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Unit (CIDERU), College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; and, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, School of Allied Health Science, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, Ghana
Themba G. Ginindza, Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; and, Cancer and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Unit (CIDERU), College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Approximately 20 to 120 million women of reproductive age worldwide are thought to be affected by female genital schistosomiasis (FGS). It is a preventable manifestation of schistosomiasis in adolescent girls and women, which remains underreported, underdiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, and largely untreated.

Objective: This study aimed to map evidence on the knowledge and management of FGS from 1950 to 2022 in sub-Saharan Africa.

Method: The Arksey and O’Malley and Levac et al. framework suggestions and a guideline from Joanna Briggs Institute will be employed. Search for literature will be in PubMed, Scopus, Cochrane, Web of Science, MEDLINE via PubMed, and Google Scholar from 1950 to 2022 for useful published research articles using key phrases or search terms and grey literature with limitations for studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa. Two reviewers will screen the articles. Kappa coefficients by Cohen statistics will be computed for inter-screener agreement, and the selected articles will be evaluated using Mixed Method Appraisal Tool (MMAT).

Results: The researchers will map and explore the evidence of the knowledge and management of FGS in the subregion. The years of publications, countries of study, and settings will be reported, and the identified research gaps will be reported.

Conclusion: The researchers anticipate that this study will determine and map the evidence on the knowledge and management of FGS in sub-Saharan Africa; identify knowledge and management gaps, and direct future research.

Contribution: This study will add to the literature on FGS and direct future research regarding the knowledge and management of FGS.


Keywords

knowledge; management; female genital schistosomiasis; sub-Saharan Africa; women of reproductive age

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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