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The treatment regime, called intermittent preventive treatment (IPT), protected the infants against malaria for at least six weeks after the end of treatment, showing that it had an ongoing protective effect and did not hinder the development of natural immunity.
6% of pregnant women received two or more doses of intermittent preventive treatment (IPT), double the level in 2006.
25 in the Lancet, the study found that in 2007, an estimated 23 million pregnancies were unprotected by insecticide-treated nets, and 19 million pregnant women failed to receive intermittent preventive treatment.
Based on the available evidence, World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a three-pronged approach to the prevention and management of malaria during pregnancy: insecticide-treated nets (ITNs); intermittent preventive treatment with sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (5) and effective case management of malaria illness.
Beginning in fiscal year 2006, at least $24 million (or 40 percent) of USAID's non-PMI malaria funds (and excluding those directed by Congress for malaria research) will be designated for the sole, express purpose of providing life-saving drugs and supplies -- insecticides and equipment for spraying, insecticide- treated bed nets, artemisinin-combination therapies and diagnostics, drugs for intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women, and drugs for severe malaria.
Building on the lessons learned from MotherCare and the experiences of other partners, the programme contributed to: * Moving away from a risk based approach in antenatal care to promote focused antenatal care *Implementation of a performance and quality improvement approach for essential maternal and newborn care-using evidence-based standards of care * Expanding the concept of birth preparedness to include complication readiness, linked to behaviour change and community and social mobilisation * Prevention and management of malaria during pregnancy using intermittent preventive treatment in antenatal care * Identifying new approaches for prevention of PPH in low-resource settings and home-based care.
and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) entered into an agreement for the development, access and delivery of a fixed-dose combination treatment consisting of azithromycin dihydrate (AZ) and chloroquine phosphate (CQ) for the Intermittent Preventive Treatment of P.
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): Three randomized controlled trials show that intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in kids adds to the benefit of sleeping under bed nets.