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Malaria and its prevention in pregnancy in Uganda

In eastern Uganda, in the area of Fort Portal, malaria in pregnancy an apparently increasing problem. Pregnant women show an increased rate of malaria episodes despite intermittent preventive treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) and the provision of insecticide treated bet nets.

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Malaria in Fort Portal

lCauses, extent, and consequences of the increased malaria risk are examined among antenatal care attendees and delivering women in Fort Portal. Central to the project are the determination of molecular markers of SP resistance and on the assessment of the actual use of preventive measures. The project ultimately aims at the optimization of preventive measures for pregnant women.

Project Details

Principal Investigator:
Prof. Dr. med. Frank P. Mockenhaupt

Steffen Zander
Dr. Stefanie Theuring
Prof. Dr. med. Gundel Harms-Zwingenberger
Vera Braun

Dr. Priscilla Busingye, Virika Hospital, Fort Portal, Uganda

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Project status:

ESTHER, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development


[Englische Übersetzung] Braun V, Rempis E, Schnack A, Decker S, Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye NM, Theuring S, Harms G, Busingye P, Mockenhaupt FP. Lack of effect of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy and intense drug resistance in western Uganda. Malar J. 2015 Sep 26;14:372.