Opinion: Preventing malaria in pregnancy to sow seeds of success in Africa

29 Jul 2022

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Equipping African women with the tools to protect themselves and their children from malaria is critical to ensuring a healthy and prosperous future. 

July 31 marks Pan-African Women’s Day, a day that celebrates the value of women as “a powerful untapped economic force” in Africa. However, challenges to African women’s health and well-being are still inhibiting them and their nations from realizing their full potential. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the health of African women and girls must be at the top of every national agenda. As 96% of global malaria deaths occur on this continent — with 80% of deaths in the region among children under 5 — equipping women with the tools to protect themselves and their children from this deadly disease is critical to ensuring they can play a pivotal role in Africa’s future.

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