To Recognize World Malaria Day, Clara Menéndez Talks Malaria in Pregnancy

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By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

This week I spoke with Dr. Clara Menendez—a true pioneer in eliminating malaria in pregnancy—to reflect on where we’ve been and where we must go as a global maternal health community to protect women and their children from the unnecessary burden caused by malaria.Why is this important? Pregnant women have up to a 50% greater risk of malaria infection than women who are not pregnant. Each year in Africa alone, malaria in pregnancy kills 10,000 women, 75,000-200,000 infants and 100,000 newborns – making up 11% of all neonatal deaths…. read more

Uganda Policy Makes Protecting Pregnant Mothers From Malaria a National Priority

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By: Allen Namagembe, Research Coordinator, PATH Uganda Office

For any expecting mother there are many things to worry about – from ensuring her growing baby’s health to making preparations to welcome him or her into the world. Imagine if one of those concerns was malaria. For the 1.6 million Ugandan women who live in areas where malaria is endemic, contracting malaria while pregnant is a dangerous reality. Malaria in pregnancy, or MiP, significantly increases the risk of serious health issues for both mother and baby, including maternal anemia, miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity and low birth weight. Since 2001, the government of Uganda has been making strides to include malaria prevention for pregnant women in their health policies… read more