Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CCRT) for African Children: Evidence for Neuropsychological Benefit and Future Directions

  • Paul Bangirana
  • Michael J. Boivin
  • Bruno Giordani
Part of the Specialty Topics in Pediatric Neuropsychology book series (STPN)


Cognitive deficits are a common outcome of central nervous system (CNS) infections in African children. Cerebral malaria and HIV infection are the commonest CNS infections associated with these deficits. The high mortality associated with these conditions has made them a public health priority in many African countries. With better treatment for these conditions now available, more children now survive into adulthood. More attention is now being paid to the quality of life of these children who live with persisting cognitive deficits. In order for these children to achieve their full potential, interventions have been called for like cognitive rehabilitation, speech and physical therapy, and caregiver training. This chapter presents a review of the cognitive rehabilitation studies carried out in sub-Saharan Africa looking at how they were designed, the outcomes and limitations. A brief overview of similar interventions for children with other CNS disorders is also given. A discussion of the implication of these studies and suggestions for future research are presented.


Severe Malaria Cerebral Malaria Uncomplicated Malaria Central Nervous System Infection African Child 
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This work was supported by R01HD064416 (PIs Boivin, Nakasujja). We acknowledge the substantive editorial assistance of Anne B. Giordani Ph.D., ELS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Bangirana
    • 1
  • Michael J. Boivin
    • 2
    • 3
  • Bruno Giordani
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMakerere UniversityKampalaUganda
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology/OphthalmologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryNeuropsychology SectionAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Neuropsychology Section, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and PsychologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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