Africa: Collaboration Pushes Frontiers of Anti-Malaria Drug Regimes

[The Conversation Africa] More than 200 million people around the world suffered from malaria in 2017. Over 400,000 died. The vast majority - around 90% - were in Africa, where many are all too familiar with the devastating impact of the disease. Young children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable.
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[Malaria Consortium] Malaria Consortium welcomes the latest World Malaria Report, which is published by the World Health Organization today.
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Malaria in pregnancy has adverse effects on maternal and child health. Intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) with three doses of Sulfadoxine/Pyrimethamine is an effective preventive measure for malaria in p...
Source: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
ConclusionsThese data are cause for great concern and call for continued surveillance of the efficacy of SP in source and recipient populations, and should be considered when developing treatment policy for imported malaria cases in China and elsewhere.Graphical abstract
Source: International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance - Category: Parasitology Source Type: research
Tanzania adopted the revised World Health Organization policy in 2013 recommending a minimum of ≥3 doses of Intermittent Preventive Treatment during pregnancy with Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) to protec...
Source: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Malaria in pregnancy (MiP) contributes to devastating maternal and neonatal outcomes. Coverage of intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy (IPTp) remains alarmingly low. Data was compiled from MiP pr...
Source: Malaria Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Malaria remains a public health issue, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa with special features of seriousness in young children and pregnant women. Adolescents and adults are reported to have acquired a semi-...
Source: Malaria Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
With increasing spatial heterogeneity of malaria transmission and a shift of the disease burden towards older children and adults, pregnant women attending antenatal care (ANC) have been proposed as a pragmati...
Source: Malaria Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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