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Medicines for Malaria Venture
Interview: Big impacts seen in Ghana with use of preventive malaria treatment in pregnancy
To protect pregnant women and their unborn babies from malaria, the World Health Organization recommends a package of interventions that includes the administration of IPTp-SP (intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine). IPTp-SP reduces maternal anaemia, neonatal mortality, and low birthweight, but uptake has remained low in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, MMV caught up with Keziah L. Malm, Ghana’s NMCP Manager, about how her country has scaled up this lifesaving intervention.