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Malaria risk ‘for 125 million pregnancies’

27th January 2010

A study has found that malaria poses a severe risk to 125 million pregnancies around the world every year.

Researchers said that the figure represents 60 per cent of all pregnancies globally.

Undertaken by the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium, the study estimated the sizes of populations at risk of malaria and used data from various sources to calculate the annual number of pregnancies in each country.

It then multiplied this figure by the fraction of the population living within the “spatial limits of malaria transmission”.

It was calculated that in 2007, 125.2 million pregnancies occurred in areas with P.falciparum and/or P.vivax transmission.

Professor Feiko ter Kuile from the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium stated: “Until now, it was impossible to estimate the number of pregnancies at risk of malaria for endemic areas outside Africa.”

He added that the research is a vital first step towards a spatial map of the threat malaria poses to pregnant women and should help policymakers allocate resources for further investigations in the future.

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