Two new research papers on maternal health and leptospirosis

DoCM researchers has published two new papers in leading international peer reviewed, indexed journals this week.

The first paper is on the household food insecurity (HFI). The team or researchers led by Pro.Thilini Agampodi has validated a simple self applied tool to measure HFI. This was validated for pregnant women and the researchers explained that the tool could be valid for other low and middle income countries as well. Measuring HFI is important specially during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Measuring household food insecurity

This paper is on the household food insecurity (HFI). The team or researchers led by Pro.Thilini Agampodi has validated a simple self applied tool to measure HFI. This was validated for pregnant women and the researchers explained that the tool could be valid for other low and middle income countries as well. Measuring HFI is important specially during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The paper is part of the Rajarata Pregnancy Cohort (RAPCO), the largest pregnancy cohort study done in Sri Lanka.

The paper is published in Maternal and Child Nutrition, a leading international journal with a an impact factor of 2.78

New clonal groups of Leptospira

The paper on 25 new isolates of Leptospira with 12 new clonal groups which has not been reported elsewhere in the world. The paper further explains the diversity of Leptospira in Sri Lanka, probably causing the differences in clinical manifestations. The paper provides details of serological and core-genomic classifications of the new strains, for the first time in Sri Lanka

The paper is published in PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a leading international journal with an impact impact factor of 3.56. Previously, the whole genome sequence (WGS) of three of these new strains were published.

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