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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:

  • Contributes to the Roll Back Malaria partnership, which aims to reduce the global burden of malaria morbidity and mortality by reaching universal coverage and strengthening health systems;
  • Supports the President’s Malaria Initiative goal of reducing malaria deaths by half in target countries by reaching 85% of the most vulnerable groups (children under five and pregnant women) with proven and effective prevention and treatment measures;
  • Provides technical assistance to NGO grantees of USAID’s Child Survival and Health Grants Program, covering 15 projects with malaria interventions in 12 countries; and
  • Assists Ministries of Health in countries affected by malaria, contributing to increased use of malaria prevention and treatment measures including: intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women; distribution and use of long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets; introduction and scale up of both rapid diagnostic tests; and artemisinin-based combination therapies.

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.

Key Facts

  • Pregnant women and children are most vulnerable to malaria.
  • In 2013, the disease caused an estimated 584,000 deaths, mostly among African children.
  • Malaria in pregnancy continues to be responsible for 400,000 cases of severe maternal anemia, 10,000 maternal deaths, and 200,000 newborn deaths every year.