Progress "slower" in preventing malaria among pregnant women

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Insecticide-treated bed nets are crucial in the fight against malaria

Communities across Africa need to be more fully involved in efforts to prevent malaria among pregnant women.

That's the conclusion of Mrs. Johannah-Joy Phumaphi the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA)

ALMA is an alliance of African heads of state and government working to end malaria-related deaths.

Mrs. Phumaphi says that lessons have been learned from the "tremendous" scale up of the provision of insecticide treated nets to prevent mosquito bites.

"The most important lesson that we have learned is that any solution can only be sustainable if there is full community engagement and the one area where we still need to engage the communities more fully is in the area of intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women. This is the area amongst malaria interventions where progress has been slower."

(Duration: 25")

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