Saving two lives, not just one: medicines for malaria during pregnancy

07 Jun 2019

David Reddy

Photo: Christine Manyando

An estimated 125 million pregnancies around the world are at risk from malaria annually.[1] For both mother and baby, the disease is potentially life-threatening and babies that do survive are often born with low birth weight, which is associated with negative impact on development.[2] 

These mothers-to-be need medicines to both protect them from getting infected with malaria and to treat them should they fall ill. Yet, these needs remain inadequately addressed.

Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) is working with partners to improve the quality of global supplies of the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended medicine sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) for use as intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp). As a partner in the Unitaid-funded Jhpiego-led consortium TIPTOP, MMV is supporting improved coverage of SP for IPTp in Africa through community health workers by strengthening the supply side for WHO-prequalified SP. 

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1. Dellicour S et al. Quantifying the Number of Pregnancies at Risk of Malaria in 2007: A Demographic Study”. PLos Med; 7(1): e1000221 (2010).

2. Schantz-Dunn J & Nour NM. “Malaria and Pregnancy: a global health perspective”. Rev Obstet Gynecol; 2(3):186–192 (2009).