Rebecca F Grais

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Publications

  1. pmc Prognostic accuracy of WHO growth standards to predict mortality in a large-scale nutritional program in Niger
    Nathanael Lapidus
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Med 6:e39. 2009
  2. pmc Mortality risk among children admitted in a large-scale nutritional program in Niger, 2006
    Nael Lapidus
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS ONE 4:e4313. 2009
  3. pmc Sentinel site community surveillance of mortality and nutritional status in southwestern Central African Republic, 2010
    Grazia M Caleo
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, Paris, France
    Popul Health Metr 10:18. 2012
  4. pmc Challenges in measuring measles case fatality ratios in settings without vital registration
    K Lisa Cairns
    Global Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS E 05, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
    Emerg Themes Epidemiol 7:4. 2010
  5. pmc Using European travellers as an early alert to detect emerging pathogens in countries with limited laboratory resources
    Philippe J Guerin
    Division of Infectious Disease Control, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
    BMC Public Health 7:8. 2007
  6. pmc Description and consequences of sexual violence in Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Françoise Duroch
    Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Centre Geneva, 78 rue de Lausanne, CH 1211 Genève 21, Switzerland
    BMC Int Health Hum Rights 11:5. 2011
  7. pmc Time is of the essence: exploring a measles outbreak response vaccination in Niamey, Niger
    R F Grais
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    J R Soc Interface 5:67-74. 2008
  8. ncbi request reprint Are rapid population estimates accurate? A field trial of two different assessment methods
    Rebecca F Grais
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    Disasters 30:364-76. 2006
  9. pmc Measles vaccination in humanitarian emergencies: a review of recent practice
    Rebecca F Grais
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, Paris 75011, France
    Confl Health 5:21. 2011
  10. pmc Unacceptably high mortality related to measles epidemics in Niger, Nigeria, and Chad
    R F Grais
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Med 4:e16. 2007

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  1. pmc Prognostic accuracy of WHO growth standards to predict mortality in a large-scale nutritional program in Niger
    Nathanael Lapidus
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Med 6:e39. 2009
    ..Here, we assessed the accuracy of the WHO standards and the NCHS reference in predicting death in a population of malnourished children in a large nutritional program in Niger...
  2. pmc Mortality risk among children admitted in a large-scale nutritional program in Niger, 2006
    Nael Lapidus
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS ONE 4:e4313. 2009
    ....
  3. pmc Sentinel site community surveillance of mortality and nutritional status in southwestern Central African Republic, 2010
    Grazia M Caleo
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, Paris, France
    Popul Health Metr 10:18. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  4. pmc Challenges in measuring measles case fatality ratios in settings without vital registration
    K Lisa Cairns
    Global Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS E 05, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
    Emerg Themes Epidemiol 7:4. 2010
    ..Our experiences are relevant to those conducting retrospective CFR studies for measles or other diseases, and to those interested in all-cause mortality studies...
  5. pmc Using European travellers as an early alert to detect emerging pathogens in countries with limited laboratory resources
    Philippe J Guerin
    Division of Infectious Disease Control, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
    BMC Public Health 7:8. 2007
    ..We present the results of a case study using reported cases of Shigella dysenteriae serotype 1 (Sd1) in European travellers to detect "events" of Sd1, related to either epidemic cases or endemic cases in developing countries...
  6. pmc Description and consequences of sexual violence in Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Françoise Duroch
    Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Centre Geneva, 78 rue de Lausanne, CH 1211 Genève 21, Switzerland
    BMC Int Health Hum Rights 11:5. 2011
    ..abstract:..
  7. pmc Time is of the essence: exploring a measles outbreak response vaccination in Niamey, Niger
    R F Grais
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    J R Soc Interface 5:67-74. 2008
    ..This has important implications for the implementation of reactive vaccination interventions as they can be highly effective if the response is fast with respect to the spread of the epidemic...
  8. ncbi request reprint Are rapid population estimates accurate? A field trial of two different assessment methods
    Rebecca F Grais
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    Disasters 30:364-76. 2006
    ..Although applicable only to similar sites, several general conclusions can be drawn for emergency planning...
  9. pmc Measles vaccination in humanitarian emergencies: a review of recent practice
    Rebecca F Grais
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, Paris 75011, France
    Confl Health 5:21. 2011
    ..abstract:..
  10. pmc Unacceptably high mortality related to measles epidemics in Niger, Nigeria, and Chad
    R F Grais
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Med 4:e16. 2007
    ..The objective of our study was to investigate measles mortality in three recent epidemics in Niamey (Niger), N'Djamena (Chad), and Adamawa State (Nigeria)...
  11. ncbi request reprint Estimating transmission intensity for a measles epidemic in Niamey, Niger: lessons for intervention
    R F Grais
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 100:867-73. 2006
    ..The spatial-temporal spread of the epidemic from district to district in Niamey over 30 weeks suggests that targeted interventions within the city could have an impact...
  12. pmc Exploring the time to intervene with a reactive mass vaccination campaign in measles epidemics
    R F Grais
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, Paris, France
    Epidemiol Infect 134:845-9. 2006
    ..Intervening with a mass campaign or in areas where cases have not yet been reported could slow the epidemic spread. The results of this preliminary analysis illustrate the importance of revisiting outbreak response plans...
  13. pmc Measles outbreak response immunization is context-specific: insight from the recent experience of Médecins Sans Frontières
    Andrea Minetti
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Med 10:e1001544. 2013
    ..Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary. ..
  14. pmc Effect of mass supplementation with ready-to-use supplementary food during an anticipated nutritional emergency
    Emmanuel Grellety
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS ONE 7:e44549. 2012
    ..Previous studies have shown the benefits of ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) distribution in reducing the incidence and prevalence of severe acute malnutrition...
  15. pmc A long-lasting measles epidemic in Maroua, Cameroon 2008-2009: mass vaccination as response to the epidemic
    Francisco J Luquero
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    J Infect Dis 204:S243-51. 2011
    ..The aim of this study was to investigate the causes of the epidemic in order to guide vaccination strategies...
  16. doi request reprint Intra-household use and acceptability of Ready-to-Use-Supplementary-Foods distributed in Niger between July and December 2010
    Sandra Cohuet
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    Appetite 59:698-705. 2012
    ..On average, 91% of caregivers in all districts rated the child's appreciation of the products as good or very good. Program planning may need to explicitly accounting for the sharing of products among children under 5 within household...
  17. pmc Health care seeking behavior for diarrhea in children under 5 in rural Niger: results of a cross-sectional survey
    Anne Laure Page
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    BMC Public Health 11:389. 2011
    ....
  18. pmc Local discrepancies in measles vaccination opportunities: results of population-based surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Lise Grout
    Epicentre, 8, Rue St Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    BMC Public Health 14:193. 2014
    ..Here, we present the results of MCV coverage by dose estimated through surveys conducted after outbreak response in diverse settings in Sub-Saharan Africa...
  19. doi request reprint Effectiveness of ready-to-use therapeutic food compared to a corn/soy-blend-based pre-mix for the treatment of childhood moderate acute malnutrition in Niger
    Fabienne Nackers
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    J Trop Pediatr 56:407-13. 2010
    ..This might have important implications on the efficacy and the quality of SFPs...
  20. ncbi request reprint Late vaccination reinforcement during a measles epidemic in Niamey, Niger (2003-2004)
    Christine Dubray
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    Vaccine 24:3984-9. 2006
    ..Our results highlight the benefits and limitations of vaccine reinforcement activities performed late in the epidemic...
  21. pmc First outbreak response using an oral cholera vaccine in Africa: vaccine coverage, acceptability and surveillance of adverse events, Guinea, 2012
    Francisco J Luquero
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Negl Trop Dis 7:e2465. 2013
    ..Overall, 316,250 vaccines were delivered. Here, we present the results of vaccination coverage, acceptability and surveillance of adverse events...
  22. pmc Evaluation and use of surveillance system data toward the identification of high-risk areas for potential cholera vaccination: a case study from Niger
    Jose Guerra
    Epicentre 8, Rue St Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    BMC Res Notes 5:231. 2012
    ..Here, we provide the principal results of an evaluation of the cholera surveillance system in the region of Maradi in Niger and an analysis of its data towards identifying high-risk areas for cholera...
  23. doi request reprint Against the odds: psychomotor development of children under 2 years in a Sudanese orphanage
    Emmanuelle Espié
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    J Trop Pediatr 57:412-7. 2011
    ....
  24. pmc A look back at an ongoing problem: Shigella dysenteriae type 1 epidemics in refugee settings in Central Africa (1993-1995)
    Solen Kerneis
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS ONE 4:e4494. 2009
    ..We also explored the links between the different types of the camps and the magnitude of the outbreaks...
  25. pmc A rapid screening tool for psychological distress in children 3-6years old: results of a validation study
    Caroline Marquer
    Epicentre, 8 rue St Sabin, Paris F 75011, France
    BMC Psychiatry 12:170. 2012
    ..The PSYCa 3-6 is a simple scale for children 3 to 6 years old administered by non-specialists, to screen young children in crises and thereby refer them to care if needed...
  26. pmc Performance of small cluster surveys and the clustered LQAS design to estimate local-level vaccination coverage in Mali
    Andrea Minetti
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    Emerg Themes Epidemiol 9:6. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  27. pmc Lessons and challenges for measles control from unexpected large outbreak, Malawi
    Andrea Minetti
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    Emerg Infect Dis 19:202-9. 2013
    ..Countries en route to measles elimination, such as Malawi, should improve outbreak preparedness. Timeliness and the population chosen are crucial elements for reactive campaigns...
  28. doi request reprint Acute malnutrition and under-5 mortality, northeastern part of India
    Emmanuelle Espié
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    J Trop Pediatr 57:389-91. 2011
    ..This survey suggests that in Darbhanga district, the population is in a borderline food crisis with few food resources. Appropriate strategies should be developed to improve the overall nutritional and health status of children...
  29. doi request reprint Use of Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) to estimate vaccination coverage helps guide future vaccination efforts
    K P Alberti
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 102:251-4. 2008
    ..These differences would not have been identified using a more traditional method. The results can be used to target areas of low vaccination coverage during follow-up vaccination activities...
  30. pmc Infections in children admitted with complicated severe acute malnutrition in Niger
    Anne Laure Page
    Epidemiology and Population Health, Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS ONE 8:e68699. 2013
    ..We present a clinical and biological characterization of infections in hospitalized children with complicated severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in Maradi, Niger...
  31. pmc Short and longer-term psychological consequences of Operation Cast Lead: documentation from a mental health program in the Gaza Strip
    Augusto E Llosa
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, Paris, 75011, France
    Confl Health 6:8. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  32. pmc Prevalence of Buruli ulcer in Akonolinga health district, Cameroon: results of a cross sectional survey
    Klaudia Porten
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Negl Trop Dis 3:e466. 2009
    ....
  33. pmc Does the effectiveness of control measures depend on the influenza pandemic profile?
    Solen Kerneis
    Universite Pierre et Marie Curie PARIS6, UMR S 707, Paris, France
    PLoS ONE 3:e1478. 2008
    ..Although strategies to contain influenza pandemics are well studied, the characterization and the implications of different geographical and temporal diffusion patterns of the pandemic have been given less attention...
  34. pmc Prevalence and risk factors of Lassa seropositivity in inhabitants of the forest region of Guinea: a cross-sectional study
    Solen Kerneis
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    PLoS Negl Trop Dis 3:e548. 2009
    ..We aimed to (i) estimate the prevalence of Lassa virus-specific IgG antibodies (LV IgG) in the human population of a rural area of Guinea, and (ii) identify risk factors for positive LV IgG...
  35. doi request reprint Mental disorders, disability and treatment gap in a protracted refugee setting
    Augusto E Llosa
    Augusto E Llosa, PhD, Epicentre, Paris, France Zeina Ghantous, MPH, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Geneva, Switzerland Renato Souza, MD, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Geneva, Switzerland, and Department and Institute of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Fabio Forgione, MSc, Pierre Bastin, MD, Alison Jones, MSc, Annick Antierens, MD, Andrei Slavuckij, MD, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Geneva, Switzerland Rebecca F Grais, PhD, Epicentre, Paris, France
    Br J Psychiatry 204:208-13. 2014
    ..Studies have shown high levels of distress and mental disorder among people living in refugee camps, yet none has confirmed diagnosis through clinical reappraisal...
  36. pmc Use of a cholera rapid diagnostic test during a mass vaccination campaign in response to an epidemic in Guinea, 2012
    Isabel Martínez-Pino
    European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden
    PLoS Negl Trop Dis 7:e2366. 2013
    ....
  37. pmc The Colombian conflict: a description of a mental health program in the Department of Tolima
    Elisabeth Sanchez Padilla
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011, Paris, France
    Confl Health 3:13. 2009
    ....
  38. pmc A comparison of cluster and systematic sampling methods for measuring crude mortality
    Angela M C Rose
    Epicentre, Paris, France
    Bull World Health Organ 84:290-6. 2006
    ..To compare the results of two different survey sampling techniques (cluster and systematic) used to measure retrospective mortality on the same population at about the same time...
  39. pmc Medication sales and syndromic surveillance, France
    Elisabeta Vergu
    Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale Unité, Paris, France
    Emerg Infect Dis 12:416-21. 2006
    ....
  40. pmc Community-based measles mortality surveillance in two districts of Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Alexandra A N'goran
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    BMC Res Notes 6:537. 2013
    ..Mortality due to measles is often under-reported. Traditional methods of measuring mortality can be time and resource-intensive. We describe the implementation of a community-based method to monitor measles mortality...
  41. doi request reprint Reactive vaccination as an effective tool for measles outbreak control in measles mortality reduction settings, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2005-2006
    Kathryn P Alberti
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    Int Health 2:65-8. 2010
    ..Our experience shows that this type of intervention is feasible and effective even when baseline vaccination coverage is > 70%. ..
  42. pmc Evaluation of psychological support for victims of sexual violence in a conflict setting: results from Brazzaville, Congo
    Sarah Hustache
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011, Paris, France
    Int J Ment Health Syst 3:7. 2009
    ..However, we were unable to evaluate all women for the long-term impact, underscoring the difficulty of leading evaluation studies in unstable contexts. Future research is needed to validate these findings in other settings...
  43. pmc Integrating mental health into primary care for displaced populations: the experience of Mindanao, Philippines
    Yolanda Mueller
    Epicentre, 8 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France
    Confl Health 5:3. 2011
    ..abstract:..
  44. doi request reprint Burden of disease and circulating serotypes of rotavirus infection in sub-Saharan Africa: systematic review and meta-analysis
    Elisabeth Sanchez-Padilla
    Epicentre, Research Unit, Paris, France
    Lancet Infect Dis 9:567-76. 2009
    ....
  45. pmc Understanding the dynamics of Ebola epidemics
    J Legrand
    INSERM, UMR S 707, Paris, France
    Epidemiol Infect 135:610-21. 2007
    ..A key parameter was the rapid institution of control measures. For both epidemic profiles identified, increasing hospitalization rate reduced the predicted epidemic size...
  46. doi request reprint The dynamics of measles in sub-Saharan Africa
    Matthew J Ferrari
    Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA
    Nature 451:679-84. 2008
    ..Such erratic dynamics emphasize the importance both of control strategies that address build-up of susceptible individuals and efforts to mitigate the impact of large outbreaks when they occur...
  47. ncbi request reprint Strategies for containing a global influenza pandemic
    Antoine Flahault
    Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale INSERM, Unit 707, WHO Collaborating Centre for Electronic Disease Surveillance, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, 27, rue Chaligny, F 75571 Paris Cedex 12, France
    Vaccine 24:6751-5. 2006
    ..Results provide general guidance for the issues of concern to public-health decision-makers: when to set up interventions, where, and at which administrative levels...
  48. pmc Key strategies for reducing spread of avian influenza among commercial poultry holdings: lessons for transmission to humans
    Arnaud Le Menach
    Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale INSERM U707, 27 rue Chaligny, 75012 Paris, France
    Proc Biol Sci 273:2467-75. 2006
    ..Understanding the relative importance of different control measures is essential for response planning...
  49. ncbi request reprint Assessing the impact of airline travel on the geographic spread of pandemic influenza
    Rebecca F Grais
    Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Eur J Epidemiol 18:1065-72. 2003
    ..In addition, after recognition of pandemic onset in the focal city, the time lag for public health intervention is very short. These findings highlight the importance of coordinated global surveillance and pandemic planning...
  50. ncbi request reprint Multinational impact of the 1968 Hong Kong influenza pandemic: evidence for a smoldering pandemic
    Cecile Viboud
    Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA
    J Infect Dis 192:233-48. 2005
    ..We further explored the global pattern of mortality caused by the pandemic during this period...
  51. pmc Prioritization of influenza pandemic vaccination to minimize years of life lost
    Mark A Miller
    Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA
    J Infect Dis 198:305-11. 2008
    ....
  52. ncbi request reprint Violence-related mortality in Iraq, 2002-2006
    Francisco J Luquero
    N Engl J Med 359:432-3; author reply 434. 2008