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Not Open Access | Effects of Malaria Interventions During Pregnancy on Low Birth Weight in Malawi

December 2, 2020 - 08:48 -- NOT Open Access
Author(s): 
Nkoka O, Chuang TW, Chen YH
Reference: 
Am J Prev Med. 2020 Dec;59(6):904-913

In malaria-endemic countries, malaria during pregnancy is associated with adverse birth outcomes, including low birth weight (i.e., <2.5 kg). However, the effects of the widely promoted and recommended approaches of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy and insecticide-treated nets for pregnant women on low birth weight have been insufficiently examined. This analysis investigates the independent and combined effects of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy and insecticide-treated nets on low birth weight among Malawian children.

First trimester use of artemisinin-based combination therapy and the risk of low birth weight and small for gestational age

April 13, 2020 - 13:45 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Orvalho Augusto, Andy Stergachis, Esperança Sevene, et al.
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:144, 8 April 2020

While there is increasing evidence on the safety of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) for the case management of malaria in early pregnancy, little is known about the association between exposure to ACT during the first trimester and the effect on fetal growth.

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