Quantification of the association between malaria in pregnancy and stillbirth: a systematic review and meta-analysis

by Kerryn A Moore, Julie A Simpson, Michelle J L Scoullar et al.
Lancet Glob Health 2017, Published: 26 September 2017

12 pp. 395 kB

2·6 million stillbirths occur annually worldwide. The association between malaria in pregnancy and stillbirth has yet to be comprehensively quantified. The authors aimed to quantify the association between malaria in pregnancy and stillbirth, and to assess the influence of malaria endemicity on the association. They conclude that P falciparum and P vivax malaria in pregnancy both increase stillbirth risk. The risk of malaria-associated stillbirth is likely to increase as endemicity declines. There is a pressing need for context-appropriate, evidence-based interventions for malaria in pregnancy in low-endemicity settings.

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