Journal article

An estimate of asthma prevalence in Africa: a systematic analysis

Davies Adeloye, Kit Yee Chan, Igor Rudan, Harry Campbell

CROATIAN MEDICAL JOURNAL | MEDICINSKA NAKLADA | Published : 2013

Abstract

AIM: To estimate and compare asthma prevalence in Africa in 1990, 2000, and 2010 in order to provide information that will help inform the planning of the public health response to the disease. METHODS: We conducted a systematic search of Medline, EMBASE, and Global Health for studies on asthma published between 1990 and 2012. We included cross-sectional population based studies providing numerical estimates on the prevalence of asthma. We calculated weighted mean prevalence and applied an epidemiological model linking age with the prevalence of asthma. The UN population figures for Africa for 1990, 2000, and 2010 were used to estimate the cases of asthma, each for the respective year. RESUL..

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