A review of the current state of malaria among pregnant women in Papua New Guinea.
Ivo Mueller, Stephen Rogerson, Glen DL Mola, John C Reeder
P N G Med J | Published : 2008
Besides young children, pregnant women are at high risk of malaria in highly endemic countries. This paper reviews evidence from studies conducted in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the last 20 years on the burden and prevention of malaria in pregnancy and highlights gaps in our knowledge of malaria in pregnancy in PNG. Overall, primigravidae were found to be at higher risk than multigravidae, with up to 40% of primigravidae but only 10-25% of multigravidae infected with Plasmodium falciparum at delivery. Such infections were found to be associated with a 128-145 g decrease in birthweight. Mean birthweights reported between 1980 and 2003 range from 2.58 to 2.72 kg in primigravidae and 2.84 to 3.09..View full abstract