As 2018 comes to a close, I am humbled by not only the progress across our TIPTOP countries but excited for what is to come in 2019 and beyond. From baseline studies to start up implementation of C-IPTp, countries are prepared to continue efforts that will give pregnant women access to IPTp with quality assured SP, in their communities as well as the antenatal care facility.
The recently launched World Malaria Report 2018, underscores the need to scale up prevention and treatment and protect vulnerable populations. The TIPTOP project is contributing to this vision and importantly moving malaria in pregnancy programming to the next level. This is realized through volunteers like Marta José in Mozambique who is increasing demand among pregnant women in her community for IPTp-SP so that these women receive at least 3 doses to protect themselves and their babies.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year.
Best wishes for 2019!
Photo below: Marta José, TIPTOP Lay Community Counselor, John Segredo Community, Nhamatanda District, Sofala Province, Mozambique
Photo credit: Paulo Bulule, Jhpiego