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Practical Guidance for Delivery of Malaria in Pregnancy Interventions through Antenatal Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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(Published April, 2020)
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Countries should prioritize essential health services during the COVID-19 outbreak. All women should have access to safe, high- quality antenatal care (ANC), including malaria in pregnancy (MiP) services— insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), prompt and effective malaria case management, and, where applicable, intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) with sulfadoxine- pyrimethamine (SP), Recognizing that at present, in many places, malaria is more common than COVID- 19 and, if untreated, can cause high mortality, continuity of services and assuring protection of patients and health workers are key in settings where both malaria and COVID-19 occur. In cases where ANC services are disrupted, it is vital that countries consider alternative mechanisms that maintain global and national guidelines.

The following frequently asked questions and answers are pertinent to those providing health services, particularly ANC, in areas of sub-Saharan Africa with malaria transmission. This guidance is based on global recommendations. Countries should contextualize what is outlined based on their national guidelines and policies.

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