Malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is one of the most serious public health problems globally. In 2013, there were an estimated 198 million cases of malaria worldwide and 584,000 deaths; 82% of these cases occuring in Africa.1
Pregnant women and their newborn children are particularly vulnerable to the disease. An estimated 78 percent of all deaths from malaria in 2013 were among children under five.2 In Africa, around 10,000 pregnant women and up to 200,000 infants die as a result of malaria infection during pregnancy.3
Yet malaria is 100% preventable and treatable.
Many countries have made significant strides in combatting malaria but none have reached the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets of covering 80% of affected populations with life-saving malaria prevention and treatment measures by 2010.
What Jhpiego Is Doing?
Jhpiego stands as a committed partner of the RBM Partnership to fight malaria worldwide and achieve one of the Millennium Development Goal 6 targets—reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by half as well as reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. Jhpiego supports efforts worldwide to ensure that pregnant women and their unborn babies are safe from the harmful impact of malaria. Jhpiego’s approach addresses malaria prevention and control comprehensively across the health “continuum of care,” from the community to health facility to national level. Jhpiego also support countries to ensure that young children and adults, in addition to pregnant women, are receiving prevention and treatment for malaria.
- 1 World Health Organization. 2014. Malaria Fact Sheet. Located at:
- 3Jhpiego. 2008. Scaling up Malaria in Pregnancy Programs: What it Takes! Citing World Health Organization (WHO). 2008. Malaria in Pregnancy: Pregnant Women and infants.
Posters from Malaria in Pregnancy Symposium April 24, 2015
Highlights from Jhpiego’s portfolio
Through participation in strategic partnerships, Jhpiego has extended its ability to make an impact on malaria globally. As a technical representative in the RBM MIP Working Group, Jhpiego has contributed to efforts that have reprioritized MIP as a core component of MNCH programming. Through participation in the RBM Harmonization Working Group, Jhpiego has contributed to raising awareness among stakeholders and disseminating best practices in malaria prevention and control.
Jhpiego works closely with the RBM regional African networks to support malaria prevention and control efforts in member countries. Jhpiego has supported program reviews in African 18 countries, focusing on malaria comprehensively and MIP, and is expanding reviews to malaria-affected countries in the Near East and Asia.