Malaria screening saving women’s lives

A team of international scientists, including an Australian, analysed 25 years of data on 50,981 women from antenatal clinics.

They found the number of deaths from Plasmodium falciparum malaria fell from an estimated 1000 deaths per 100,000 pregnant women before the introduction of screening in 1985 to zero in 2005.

“Even though treatment options for pregnant women infected with malaria are limited, frequent antenatal screening clearly works, and as such we believe it should play a larger role in tackling the disease,” the