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Category: Malaria in Pregnancy Series

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

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

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Uganda Policy Makes Protecting Pregnant Mothers From Malaria a National Priority

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

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World Health Organization Clarifies Recommendations for Preventing Malaria in Pregnancy

In malaria endemic regions around the world, malaria in pregnancy continues to contribute significantly to maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Intermittent preventive treatment using sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) is one of three critical interventions for addressing malaria in pregnancy. WHO’s three-pronged approach also includes the use of insecticide-treated nets and prompt and effective case management. However, in recent years,... read more

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Highlights From the Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group’s Annual Meeting

Despite encouraging progress, coverage of malaria control efforts among pregnant women remains low. Malaria in pregnancy (MiP) continues to be a substantial contributor to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in malaria-endemic regions. The interventions that comprise the World Health Organization’s (WHO) three-pronged approach to reducing the burden of MiP are implemented at rates far below global... read more

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For World Malaria Day: The 5 Most Buzzworthy Things We’ve Learned About Malaria in Pregnancy This Year

Happy World Malaria Day!  This year, we’re celebrating the theme “Invest in the future.  Defeat malaria.” Over the past year, there have been many important research findings and new publications on malaria in pregnancy.  In honor of World Malaria Day, here are the MHTF’s picks for the five most “buzzworthy” publications on malaria in pregnancy from the past... read more

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Looking Back and Looking Forward: Malaria in Pregnancy and the MHTF

Coverage of malaria prevention, screening, and treatment among pregnant women remains low in many places in sub-Saharan Africa, despite clear evidence of effective interventions and significant investment in this area.  Experts agree that increasing coverage of these interventions will require close cooperation between the maternal health and malaria communities. Given the Maternal Health Task Force’s... read more

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Malaria and Maternal Health: Treating Pregnant Women Reveals Need for Integration

This post is cross-posted on New Security Beat. Ten years ago, a study was conducted in Mozambique to determine the impact of a new medicine for pregnant women with malaria. Over 1,000 women participated in a controlled trial of intermittent preventative treatment with sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine – half received a placebo, the other half received the actual drug. All were... read more

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Preventing Malaria in Pregnancy in Mozambique

This post is part of a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. In Mozambique, malaria constitutes a primary cause of demand for health care, including among pregnant women and children under five years of age. Malaria also contributes to significant mortality among children under five years of age... read more

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More from Day Two at MiP2012: Exploring What We Know Works-and Looking Towards Innovation

This post is part of a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. Take Away Messages from Day Two, June 27th, 2012, at Malaria in Pregnancy: A Solvable Problem—Bringing the Maternal Health and Malaria Communities Together. Day two of the meeting, Malaria in Pregnancy: A Solvable Problem–Bringing the Maternal... read more

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