We help ministries of health distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) and intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) to pregnant women in numerous countries with high malaria transmission.
Malaria prevention is critical as infection in pregnant women is associated with high risks of both maternal and infant complications and even death. Pregnant women have a weaker immune system and are less able to recover from malaria infection. Contracting malaria during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, low birth weight, infant sickness or death.
Long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) alongside intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) and effective case management are essential interventions for pregnant women. PSI helps distribute LLINs and provide IPTp to pregnant women during routine antenatal visits in public health facilities and through our social franchise clinics. Antenatal clinics also provide an effective channel for educating pregnant women about the need to take a malaria test if they have a fever, and to treat any malaria infection quickly if the test confirms the diagnosis.