Anyone can get malaria, but women are uniquely affected by the health, economic and societal impacts of this deadly disease.
Malaria means a heightened risk of morbidity and mortality for pregnant women and their newborn babies. This, in turn, contributes to keeping women away from educational programmes and the workplace, intensifying gender inequalities and power imbalances in society.
And yet, for too long, the fight against malaria has been gender-blind—including the lack of data on the safety and efficacy of antimalarial medicines in women of reproductive potential. This results in not only a gap in the availability of medicines for pregnant and lactating women, but a wider gender knowledge gap, making it difficult to understand whether medicines act differently in men and women.
Addressing the gender gap is critical to achieving malaria elimination. This International Women's Day, let's #Breakthebias.
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