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Reaching the Abuja target for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy in African women: a review of progress and operational challenges

Hill, Jenny ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1588-485X and Kazembe, P. (2006) 'Reaching the Abuja target for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy in African women: a review of progress and operational challenges'. Tropical Medicine & International Health, Vol 11, Issue 4, pp. 409-418.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE To review progress with the implementation of intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) for the control of malaria in pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), in order to identify facilitating factors and operational challenges for scaling up IPT delivery.
METHODS Information on the status of IPT policy, programme and coverage indicators was extracted from published sources. Information on country experiences from both published and unpublished literature was supplemented with semi-structured interviews with malaria programme managers.
RESULTS Whilst countries in SSA have made important progress with IPT implementation, coverage levels remain low. High antenatal clinic (ANC) attendance alone is not sufficient to ensure high IPT coverage. Staff shortages, poor drug supply, poor ANC access and poor health worker practices are some of the operational challenges in delivering IPT.
CONCLUSION Country experiences show that IPT can be introduced and scaled up relatively quickly and effectively where there is political will, effective integration between malaria and reproductive health programmes, adequate funding and drug supply, high ANC attendance and community receptiveness. There is however urgent need to better document best practices and lessons as a basis for developing simplified guidelines for dissemination to countries embarking on IPT implementation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: malaria intermittent preventive treatment pregnant women vulnerable groups antenatal care scaling up sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine antenatal care services district malawi kenya
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 765 Prevention and control
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy Complications > WQ 256 Infectious diseases
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3156.2006.01585.x
Depositing User: Ms Julia Martin
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 13:57
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:01
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/1506

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