Malaria Prevention and Treatment

Malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is one of the most serious public health problems globally. In 2013, there were an estimated 198 million cases of malaria worldwide and 584,000 deaths; 82% of these cases occuring in Africa.1 Pregnant women and their newborn children are particularly vulnerable to the disease. An estimated 78 percent of all deaths from malaria in 2013 were among children under five.2 In Africa, around 10,000 pregnant women and up to 200,000 infants die as a result of malaria infection during pregnancy.3

Yet malaria is 100% preventable and treatable.

Many countries have made significant strides in combatting malaria but none have reached the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets of covering 80% of affected populations with life-saving malaria prevention and treatment measures by 2010.

What Jhpiego Is Doing?

Jhpiego stands as a committed partner of the RBM Partnership to fight malaria worldwide and achieve one of the Millennium Development Goal 6 targets—reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by half as well as reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. Jhpiego supports efforts worldwide to ensure that pregnant women and their unborn babies are safe from the harmful impact of malaria. Jhpiego’s approach addresses malaria prevention and control comprehensively across the health “continuum of care,” from the community to health facility to national level. Jhpiego also support countries to ensure that young children and adults, in addition to pregnant women, are receiving prevention and treatment for malaria.
Malaria in Pregnancy Library Malaria Resources Invest in Future Generations: Protect Mothers and Their Unborn Babies from Malaria


Posters from the ASMTH global meeting, November 2016


The Improving Malaria Care Project’s Contribution to Follow Up a Pilot Project on Use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests at the Community Level in Burkina Faso
Improving Pregnancy Outcomes: Alleviating Stock-Outs of Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine in Bungoma, Kenya
Toward Malaria Preelimination in Rwanda: Reactive Case Investigation in a Low-Endemic District



Additional Resources

Investing in Malaria in Pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Review and Planning Guide for Malaria Program Implementation: A Health Systems Approach