Apr 28, 2011

Knowledge Gap Regarding Malaria Drugs

AUTHOR:Conan BusingeSOURCE:New Vision Online

The latest Malaria Indicator Survey estimates that 50% of Ugandan women lack adequate knowledge about the malaria medicine they should take during pregnancy. This is an alarming statistic as malaria is the major cause of stillbirths, low birth weight, and maternal anemia in Africa. The Malaria Indicator Survey also presents findings on the prevalence of anemia in Uganda: six out of ten Ugandan children (62%) under five years of age are anemic. Anemia in children leads to impaired cognitive and psychomotor development, increased morbidity from infectious diseases, and stunted growth. These findings show the importance of addressing the knowledge gap regarding malaria prevention in order to continue saving the lives of mothers and children in Uganda. The holistic approach employed by Life for Mothers includes improving health literacy regarding child survival. At LfM, we believe that education is one of the most powerful weapons we have in the fight for improved health for mothers and children worldwide. To read the article click here.

Did you know?

Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by one third.

Source:The World Health Organization, 2010

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