by William R Brieger
Africa Health – July 2014
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its guidance on intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), one of the three key interventions designed to control malaria in pregnancy (MIP). The other two are nightly use of insecticide treated nets (ITNs) from the earliest point in pregnancy possible, and prompt parasitological diagnosis and treatment of positive malaria cases with appropriate medicines. Putting resources into ante-natal clinics to prevent malaria in pregnancy makes sense. But all is not as effective as you might expect.