An estimated 85% of all deaths from malaria occur in children under five. In malaria-endemic areas, 50 million women will become pregnant each year. These women are highly susceptible to the consequences of malaria, which lead to increased maternal death and severe maternal anemia, low birth weight, and infant death.
MCSP's strategy is woman-centered, recognizing that women are the primary care takers of children under five and are themselves at higher risk during pregnancy. Working closely with national malaria control program and national maternal and child health programs, we are strengthening country health systems across the continuum of care. The Program is building capacity for lasting results in malaria in pregnancy, integrated community case management, and community involvement, addressing comprehensive malaria prevention and control.
Through partnerships at the global and country levels, MCSP is advancing evidence-based policies and successful approaches for achieving malaria prevention and treatment goals, leading to universal coverage, and eventually, elimination of the disease. Specifically MCSP:
Fortunately, malaria is an entirely preventable and treatable disease, and MCSP is increasing control measures to dramatically reduce the malaria burden in many places.
To download MCSP's malaria fact sheet, click here.