In parts of the world with high malaria transmission, such as sub-Saharan Africa, pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to malaria because pregnancy reduces a woman’s immunity, increasing the risk of illness, severe anemia, and death. Last year, an estimated 11 million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa—29 percent of all pregnancies—were infected with malaria.
Fortunately, there are proven ways to prevent malaria during pregnancy. PMI Impact Malaria, the global service delivery project of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, is led by PSI and supports countries in their efforts to keep expectant moms and their unborn babies healthy and safe.
Watch this new 3-minute video to learn more about this lifesaving work.
Banner image credit: PMI Impact Malaria/Mwangi Kirubi