Why are pregnant women at risk
of malaria?

Pregnancy reduces a woman’s immunity to malaria, which makes her more susceptible to malaria infection and increases her risk of illness.

In pregnant women, malaria can lead to severe anemia, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), stillbirth, premature delivery, delivery of low-birthweight babies, and death. Women in their first pregnancy are most at risk. Parasites can be present in the placenta and contribute to maternal anemia even when the mother does not appear to be ill. The use of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) reduces these risks and should be part of routine antenatal care in moderate and high transmission areas.

How we make an impact

Insecticide-treated nets

Intermittent preventive treatment

Effective case management of malarial illness

In 2017, Jhpiego supported programs
in 16 countries and reached:

Pregnant woman looking out of her window
pregnant women with preventive treatment
pregnant women with two or more doses of anti-malarial medication
Young mother holding a baby standing in a doorway.