Northern Uganda

The enigmatic nodding syndrome outbreak in northern Uganda: an analysis of the disease burden and national response strategies. Health Policy and Planning

To date, the cause of nodding syndrome (NS) remains unknown; however, efforts continue to establish risk factors and optimal symptomatic treatments. We documented the burden and national response strategies including involvement of key stakeholders in the management of the NS epidemic in order to inform future interventions against epidemics of undetermined aetiology. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with selected leaders in the affected districts and at the Ministry...

Nodding episodes and high anion gap in a 13-year-old Nodding syndrome child

Introduction: Nodding syndrome is an unknown neurological disorder affecting children in Northern Uganda, South Sudan and Southern Tanzania. The patient in our case report is, to the best of our knowledge, the first with the syndrome that has been serially followed up for more than three months and the information obtained provides important clue to the possible risk factor to the syndrome. Case Presentation: A 13-year-old boy diagnosed in Atanga Health...

Perception of the Population in Northern Uganda to Nodding syndrome

Nodding Syndrome (NS) is a newly recognized condition affecting many young children in developing nations. It's characterized by repetitive dropping forward of the head and seizures. The affected children are stunted, malnourished and dehydrated. The disease was first reported in northern Uganda in 2009 but health experts diagnosed it as epilepsy. The disease has attracted international attention due to the progressively worsening head nodding, cognitive decline and malnutrition among the...

Nodding Syndrome in Northern Uganda: A probable metabolic disorder

Aims: To conduct an epidemiological study to establish the association between malnutrition, metabolic disorder and Onchocerciasis to Nodding Syndrome (NS) in Northern Uganda. Study Design: Case-control study design. Place and Duration of Study: Odek and Atiak sub counties in Gulu and Amuru districts between 10th to 20th June 2012. Methodology: We recruited consecutively 101 children with probable NS in the 2 sub counties in Gulu and Amuru districts. Controls were...

High Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis in Children with Nodding Syndrome in Northern Uganda.

Aims: To conduct a hormonal and biochemical studies on 10 patients with diagnosis of probable Nodding Syndrome (NS). Study Design: A cross-sectional study Place and Duration of Study: Atanga Health Center III in Pader District in Northern Uganda in September 2012. Methodology: We recruited consecutively 10 children with probable Nodding Syndrome who had been admitted for symptomatic management of seizures, injuries resulting from falls and nutritional rehabilitation. History, physical examinations, biophysical measurements (anthropometry)...