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Moving malaria in pregnancy programs from neglect to priority: experience from Malawi, Senegal, and Zambia

Journal Article
(Published February, 2014)
Roman, E. (Author),
Wallon, M. (Author),
Brieger W. (Author),
Dickerson, A. (Author),
Rawlins, B. (Author),
Agarwal, K. (Author)
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Program areas that were generally working well in malaria in pregnancy programs (MIP) included: (1) integration of MIP interventions into antenatal care; (2) development of up-to-date policies; (3) active involvement of communities; and (4) development of capacity-building materials for training. Challenges remain in the areas of: (1) commodities; (2) quality assurance; (3) monitoring and evaluation; and (4) financing.  Authors concluded that these three countries successfully integrated Malaria In Pregnancy interventions into ANC services, but national level coordination was disjointed with only Malawi appointing a MIP focal person to ensure collaboration and planning. Frequent commodity stockouts, services lacked quality assurance and weak monitoring and evaluation mechanisms across all 3 countries affected optimal coverage.

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Roman Elaine; Wallon,Michelle; Brieger, William; Dickerson, Aimee; Rawlins, Barbara; Agarwal, Koki. Moving malaria in pregnancy programs from neglect to priority: experience from Malawi, Senegal, and Zambia. Global Health: Science and Practice. 2014 vol 2 no. 1. February 1, 2014.