|Title:||Plasmodium falciparum infection during pregnancy in an unstable transmission area in eastern Sudan|
|Authors:||El Ghazali, G.|
El Bashir, M.I.
|Abstract:||A 1-year prospective community-based study of malaria during pregnancy was conducted in an area of seasonal and unstable malaria transmission in eastern Sudan. At a village antenatal clinic, 89 non-pregnant controls and 86 pregnant women were enrolled and followed every 2 weeks until 6 weeks after delivery. The incidence of Plasmodium falciparum infection was significantly higher among pregnant than control women [17.4% versus 5.6%] with no difference between primigravidae and multigravidae [22.2% versus 15.2%].There was no significant difference in the mean haemoglobin concentration between infected and uninfected mothers [9.1 +/- 1.3 versus 9.5 +/- 0.6 g/dL] but the mean birth weight of their babies was significantly lower [2.72 +/- 0.26 versus 2.95 +/- 0.05 kg] despite prompt case management of infected women|
Health Services Needs and Demand
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