26 June 2012 | Malaria in Pregnancy: A Solvable Problem—Bringing the Maternal Health and Malaria Communities Together
Istanbul, Turkey

Atun discussed the challenges with diffusion of innovation throughout health systems. He described key barriers to the adoption of innovations from a health systems perspective, noting a linear view of innovation adoption, limited evidence for new ideas, an imbalance in health and financing policies, not enough emphasis on demand side factors, inadequate incentives, and institutional logic as critical challenges. When exploring integration as an approach to a health problem, groups must consider what is being integrated, into what, and why. Communities must feel that they are part of the solution and only then will they join in the process of delivering and/or demanding the innovation.

An analysis of achievements and limitations to meeting women’s comprehensive needs during pregnancy
Rifat Atun, Imperial College
Presentation: mhtf.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2012/08/Atun_MIP.pdf

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Malaria in Pregnancy

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According to recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the number of deaths from malaria has fallen rapidly in recent years. Similarly, recent reports from the WHO as well as IHME…


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According to recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the number of deaths from malaria has fallen rapidly in recent years. Similarly, recent reports from the WHO as well as IHME show dramatic reductions in maternal mortality. Despite this encouraging progress, coverage of malaria control efforts among pregnant women remains low. Malaria in pregnancy (MiP) continues to be a substantial contributor to maternal mortality and morbidity in malaria-endemic regions. MiP also leads to neonatal mortality, low birth weight babies, spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, premature delivery, and other adverse birth outcomes.

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