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Associate Professors Michael Boivin and Bruno Giordani at the Michigan State University have adapted an older game developed in 1985 for use in Uganda.  The game, "Captains Log" has been used in America and 23 foreign countries but not Africa where they hope to use it for children who have been affected by Cerebral Malaria or have learning disabilities.

A group at the Malago Hospital in Uganda has been trained to implement the study and "the onsite project research manager, Paul Bangirana, can now program and set up Captain's Log on his own.” Through this study they hope to establish a partnership with Makerere University School of Medicine, Uganda.

From the article:
Every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria - around 1 million every year, he said. Cerebral malaria is a severe form of malaria that affects the brain and is fatal in about 15 percent to 30 percent of the cases for hospitalized children.
“Our most recent follow-up evaluation of our cerebral malaria children indicates that 26 percent of them have persisting mild to moderate cognitive impairment, mostly in the area of attention and to some extent in visual-spatial working memory,” Boivin said.

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Link to this page: Computer Game Helps Ugandan Children Recovering from Cerebral Malaria
Originally Published: 10/24/2007 by Adapted from Michigan State University at Science Daily

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