Malaria in pregnancy is a major public health issue across sub-Saharan Africa. It contributes to the death of 10,000 women and causes 100,000 newborn deaths each year. The WHO recommends that from the fourth month of pregnancy, pregnant women should receive anti-malarial drugs once a month for at least 3 months. Antenatal services - where women receive information about malaria, regular preventive antimalarial medicine and an insecticide-treated net - are essential to keep pregnant women and their babies safe. However, some mothers still face important barriers in using them. Our new animation explains what these barriers are and the work we are doing with national partners to ensure messages around malaria and services available reach not only the pregnant women but also their families and influencers.
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