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A Cost-Shared Concerted Action on Malaria and Anaemia Control in Pregnant Women
Framework programme:
Project number:
EC contribution:
€ 549 941
36 months
Starting date:
1 December 2001


Malaria is the most important preventable cause of low birth weight in the world and this is closely linked with child survival. Since 1964, about 300 papers reporting, directly or indirectly, on malaria control measures during pregnancy have been published. However, it is not clear how results available from research projects on the management of malaria during pregnancy could be translated into public health interventions. This project intends to encourage the implementation of research findings into malaria control programmes and propose solutions for their delivery in order to make services more accessible to women. This will be done by reviewing available information and addressing specific technical issues. Enlarged annual meetings and in-country meetings will assure the link between published research findings and their application as control interventions.


The aim of PREMA-EU is to assist malaria endemic countries in decreasing the burden of disease caused by malaria and anaemia among pregnant women and babies living in endemic areas by promoting effective control strategies. The specific objectives are:

l) to review, synthesise and inform on the state of the art concerning malaria and anaemia in pregnancy, including the burden of disease, programme strategies and research priorities
2) to address specific technical and operational issues critical for malaria and anaemia control in pregnancy
3) to promote the implementation of research findings into feasible interventions for malaria control in pregnant women
4) to generate information that would help Roll Back Malaria (RBM) in formulating national and district-based policy for the control of malaria in pregnant women.

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