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Maternal Health Task Force Quarterly

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Welcome to the Maternal Health Task Force’s first Quarterly Newsletter!

Published every three months, the Quarterly shares resources, research, and news within key areas of maternal health. Our first issue focuses on malaria in pregnancy.

Despite encouraging progress, coverage of malaria control efforts among pregnant women remains low. Malaria in pregnancy continues to be a substantial contributor to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in malaria-endemic regions. 

Malaria in pregnancy programming is at a critical juncture. Important gains have been made in malaria control, but without continued efforts, the gains achieved may quickly erode.

Given the existing synergies and overlap between the malaria and maternal health communities, several opportunities exist to collaborate more effectively. These areas of overlap include the target population (pregnant women), common health outcomes (maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity), and a shared delivery mechanism (the antenatal care platform).

Throughout this newsletter, we share several resources for learning more and improving your work on this issue.

40% of the world's pregnant women will be exposed to malaria infection while pregnant.

Featured Resource

World Health Organization Guidelines for Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPTp-SP) of Malaria in Pregnancy

The World Health Organization recommends a three-pronged approach to addressing malaria in pregnancy that includes the use of insecticide-treated nets, prompt and effective case management, and intermittent preventive treatment sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP).

The WHO issued a policy brief in April of 2013 to provide clarity for national health authorities on how to administer IPTp-SP. The brief shares critical information for overcoming various operational challenges—including scale up; management of side effects; issues surrounding quality, efficacy, and resistance; and co-administration of other medication.

Our colleagues at the World Health Organization encourage national health authorities to disseminate this update widely and to help ensure the correct administration of IPTp-SP.

Review the current guidelines for IPTp-SP from the World Health Organization.

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Recent publications

Browse more recent publications.

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Malaria in Pregnancy: An Overview
Presented by Feiko ter Kuile, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Malaria in Pregnancy: The Role of the Private Sector
Presented by Nancy Nachbar, Abt. Associates

An analysis of achievements and limitations to meeting women’s comprehensive needs during pregnancy
Presented by Rifat Atun, Imperial College

Explore more videos on the Maternal Health Task Force’s malaria in pregnancy Vimeo channel.

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  • Malaria in Pregnancy Library
    Established in 2005 by the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium, the free Malaria in Pregnancy Library provides open access to published and unpublished literature on malaria in pregnancy.
  • Malaria Journal
    The only journal that publishes exclusively articles on malaria, Malaria Journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that brings together knowledge from various sub-specialties involved in tackling malaria.
  • Malaria in Pregnancy eLearning Course
    For health professionals interested in the science and programming associated with the control and prevention of malaria in pregnancy, the Global Health Learning Center offers a free eLearning course developed by Jhpiego and USAID.
  • Malaria in Pregnancy Resource Package
    Jhpiego ’s toolkit assists policymakers, public health professionals, and health managers in implementing programs to reduce the incidence of malaria in pregnancy and provide effective treatment for pregnant women with malaria.
  • Rapid Assessment of the Burden of Malaria during Pregnancy: A Toolkit
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, along with their partners, developed this toolkit in order to help countries obtain the information they need to assess the burden of malaria during pregnancy; develop a policy or program to assess program implementation; and evaluate impact.

Explore several more resources for improving your work on malaria in pregnancy.

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Visit the MHTF’s malaria in pregnancy blog series to learn about recent trends, perspectives, and lessons-learned from colleagues working around the world to improve access to and quality of malaria prevention and treatment services for pregnant women. Join the conversation and share a guest blog post about your work on this issue. Contact Kate Mitchell for more information on contributing to the MHTF Blog.

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Malaria in Pregnancy: Bringing the maternal health and malaria communities together

More from the MHTF

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about malaria in pregnancy. Follow this list of expert tweeters on the topic of malaria in pregnancy, curated by the MHTF.

The MHTF Malaria in Pregnancy topic page
Visit the MHTF’s regularly updated topic page on malaria in pregnancy to explore additional resources, recent publications, videos, blog posts, and links to organizations working on the issue.

The work of the MHTF
In June of 2012, the Maternal Health Task Force hosted a technical meeting “Malaria in Pregnancy: A Solvable Problem—Bringing the Maternal Health and Malaria Communities Together” in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was organized in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PATH. Over the course of the meeting, several challenges and opportunities to improve malaria in pregnancy were identified and have since been explored in greater detail by our partners.

Following this initial technical meeting, the MHTF formed a panel on “Malaria in Pregnancy: An urgent yet solvable problem uniting the maternal health and malaria communities in Africa.” At the American Public Health Association’s October 2012 conference, where it highlighted the findings of the Istanbul meeting and shared findings from Nigeria and Mozambique.

At the MHTF’s Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania in January 2013, various aspects of malaria in pregnancy were discussed over three panels, 17 presentations, and at a luncheon for colleagues working on this issue.

The MHTF also participates in Roll Back Malaria’s MiP working group, maintains a regularly updated topic page on malaria in pregnancy, and coordinates a blog series with posts from experts working to address malaria in pregnancy throughout malaria-endemic regions around the world.

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Contact us! 

The MHTF is always looking for new resources, research, perspectives and news on this important issue. The MHTF welcomes your feedback and any resources you’d like to share! Please contact Kate Mitchell with comments, suggestions and questions.

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