Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy: A Literature Review of Current Guidelines Across the Globe

Marjorie Rooney, Emily Kymes, Caitlin Ball, Sarah Nelson, Karley Koch, Sarah Hall

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Abstract

Introduction/Objectives: Malaria is estimated to be diagnosed in approximately 25% of pregnancies in endemic areas worldwide. In 2023, the USA had its first confirmed cases of locally acquired malaria in 20 years. With changes in climate leading to changes in tropical diseases, it is important to stay ahead of the most up-to-date treatment recommendations worldwide. The objective of this paper is to compare the most up-to-date recommendations for treatment of malaria in pregnancy in different parts of the world.

Methods: A literature review was conducted from the American College of Gynecology (ACOG) guidelines, World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MMH) Guidelines for the treatment of an active malaria infection in pregnancy. Recommendations were compared and contrasted.

Results: Upon review of these institutional recommendations, several discrepancies were noticed. The WHO guidelines have recently been updated and while the CDC has adapted these updates and the AAP has published an article about this, the Malawi Ministry of Health still uses outdated recommendations. The ACOG and IDSA do not have any current recommendations for the treatment of malaria in pregnancy.

Conclusions: In conclusion, the WHO has completed the most recent research on treatment of malaria in pregnancy and has the most up-to-date treatment recommendations. It is important that American and Malawian medical societies consider adapting the most up to date recommendations for the treatment of malaria in pregnancy.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages87
StatePublished - 16 Feb 2024
Event
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2024
- Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, United States
Duration: 13 Feb 202417 Feb 2024
https://medicine.okstate.edu/research/research_days.html

Conference

Conference
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTulsa
Period13/02/2417/02/24
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Keywords

  • malaria
  • pregnancy
  • global health

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