Malaria in Pregnancy: Promoting Uptake of Intermittent Preventive Treatment

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Malaria in pregnancy is responsible for the death of over 100,000 newborns and 10,000 pregnant women every year. While the means to prevent and treat malaria in pregnancy are inexpensive and cost-effective, uptake of this crucial intervention is low across sub-Saharan Africa.

On Thursday, March 16 at 9 am EST, presenters from the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) will describe current efforts to improve prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy that focus on service providers, pregnant women and those who influence both groups.

Presenters include:

Dr. Fadzai Mutseyekwa, Director of Innovations, Research M&E, USAID/MCHIP Zimbabwe Associate Award

Fadzai will describe research protocol for an ongoing study on intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in Zimbabwe.

Patricia Gomez, Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Newborn Health, Jhpiego

Patricia will describe the development of a job aid that aims to make guidelines for uncomplicated malaria among women of reproductive age accessible and easily understood among health workers.

Michael Toso, Malaria Program Officer, Health Communication Capacity Collaborative

Mike will present a guide to developing country-level malaria communication strategies for malaria in pregnancy.