Water of Life: Money for water boosts the fight against malaria in Akwa State. MAPS

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Stories
Publication Date: 2016

There has been a concerted worldwide collaborative effort to tackle the scourge of malaria in pregnancy. In Akwa Ibom State this is spearheaded by the state government and allied agencies with the intermittent preventative treatment given to all pregnant women through directly observed treatment in all health facilities.

MAPS supported the establishment of the Akwa Ibom malaria Technical Working Group (mTWG), an advisory body on the implementation and scale- up of malaria in pregnancy interventions at all levels. Through the intervention of the mTWG the state subsequently released a regular amount of money to primary healthcare facilities to provide safe drinking water.

For now, safe drinking water is regularly available in antenatal clinics across all the primary healthcare facilities in the 31 Local Government Areas. Now pregnant women can take Sulphadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP), a key treatment to prevent malaria. This treatment is now being rolled out in all the antenatal clinics in the state.

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Tags: Nigeria, Primary health care, Maternal health, Antenatal care, Safe motherhood, Health services, Malaria, Maternal mortality, MAPS, MNCH, PHC, ANC, malaria control, Malaria Action Program for States, USAID, malaria treatment., malaria Technical Working Group, malaria intervention, pregnancy interventions, mTWG, primary healthcare facilities, safe drinking water,