Today is World Malaria Day! The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.”
A recent report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed that deaths from malaria are declining, but the report also showed that malaria deaths among adults have been enormously under-reported.
The number of pregnant women dying from malaria is also largely under-reported. Malaria prevention, screening, and treatment among pregnant women remains low, despite clear evidence of effective interventions.
Recently, the issue of malaria in pregnancy has been garnering more attention by the global public health and development communities. Experts are exploring ways to integrate care and reach pregnant women with prevention, screening, and treatment efforts.
In fact, a recent meeting in Rwanda, organized by Roll Back Malaria, gathered malaria and reproductive health experts to discuss progress and challenges in addressing malaria among pregnant women in seven high burden countries.
In honor of World Malaria Day, the Maternal Health Task Force shares with you ten essential resources for addressing malaria among pregnant women.
1.) Global Health e-Learning Center—Course on Malaria (with a section on malaria in pregnancy)
The Global Health eLearning Center was developed by the USAID Bureau of Global Health in response to requests from field staff for access to technical public health information. The course on malaria provides basic knowledge about the burden of malaria, the effective tools to treat and prevent malaria, and the challenges and opportunities for scaling up efforts. The malaria course has a specific section focused on understanding malaria in pregnancy.
2.) Malaria Journal
Malaria Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal focused exclusively on malaria. All articles published by Malaria Journal are open-access—freely accessible online without subscription charges or registration barriers. By entering “malaria in pregnancy” into the search box, you find numerous articles relating to the issue.
3.) Malaria Matters Blog—Malaria in Pregnancy section
Bill Brieger is currently a Professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University as well as the Senior Malaria Adviser for JHPIEGO. His blog, Malaria Matters, provides regular updates on news, research, and stories from the field relating to malaria. By clicking on the Malaria in Pregnancy category on the blog, you will find numerous posts about recent challenges and successes in preventing, treating, and tracking malaria among pregnant women.
4.) Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium—Tools and Links section of the site
The MiP Consortium is an initiative focused around four key areas of malaria in pregnancy: prevention, treatment, burden assessment, and how best to scale up existing strategies and interventions. The Consortium is made up of expert organizations from all over the world—including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Barcelona Centre for International Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Fundaçao Tropical do Amazonas, and others.
The Tools and Links section of the site is packed with links to organizations, coalitions, resources, and toolkits focused specifically on the issue of malaria in pregnancy.
5.) The Malaria in Pregnancy Library
The Malaria in Pregnancy (MiP) Library is a regularly updated database of published and unpublished literature relating specifically to malaria in pregnancy. The library also includes a trial registry of planned and ongoing studies relating to malaria in pregnancy. The library is a project of the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium and aims to serve scientists, policy makers, funding agencies, and others working to address malaria among pregnant women.
6.) Malaria in Pregnancy Resource Package
JHPIEGO’s Malaria in Pregnancy resource package provides training resources, programming resources, and reference materials to guide the implementation of programs to reduce malaria in pregnancy. The resource package was designed for policymakers, public health professionals, and managers.
7.) Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group Toolkit
Roll Back Malaria’s Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group (MPWG) meets regularly to develop strategic advice on best practices for scaling up interventions for the prevention and control of malaria during pregnancy. The group also works to foster collaboration between malaria and reproductive health partners at the country level.
8.) The President’s Malaria Initiative—Technical Areas section of the site
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a five-year, $1.2 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources aimed at reducing malaria-related deaths in 19 countries in Africa and the Greater Mekong sub-region in Asia. The project focuses on the most vulnerable populations: pregnant women and children under five years of age.
The Technical Areas section of the PMI site provides resources for several technical areas relating to malaria in pregnancy—including indoor residual spraying, insecticide treated nets, diagnosis and treatment, social mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, and pesticide management.
9.) Rapid Assessment of the Burden of Malaria during Pregnancy: A Toolkit
CDC’s Rapid Assessment Toolkit is designed to help countries to assess the burden of malaria during pregnancy, develop a policy or program, and to evaluate impact. The toolkit provides most of the materials needed to conduct a rapid assessment including general guidance about planning and conducting a rapid assessment and sample assessment instruments.
10.) Successes and Challenges for Malaria in Pregnancy Programming: A Three-Country Analysis
MCHIP’s analysis of malaria in pregnancy programming successes and challenges in Zambia, Senegal and Malawi resulted in three comprehensive country case studies. The case studies aim to highlight best practices and successful strategies that can be applied to other malaria-endemic countries throughout Africa.