Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group (MiPWG)

Co-Chairs :
Dr Viviana MangiaterraThe Global Fund, Switzerland
Dr Elaine RomanJhpiego, USA
Working Group Secretariat :
Kristen Vibbert Jhpiego, USA

The purpose of the RBM Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group (MiPWG) is to align RBM partners on best practices and lessons learned in MiP programming to help achieve higher coverage in MiP interventions globally.


Malaria in pregnancy contributes to 10,000 maternal deaths each year. It is also responsible for approximately 100,000 newborn deaths globally and 11% of newborn deaths and 20% of stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa. While some countries across sub-Saharan Africa have made good progress towards increasing coverage of MiP interventions, the majority of countries are far from achieving target goals. The 2015, World Malaria Report revealed 52% of eligible pregnant women received at least one dose of IPTp-SP and 17% received 3 doses. According to a 2015 Global Call to Action seminar report, ITN use among pregnant women is 38 %. This indicates more needs to be done to increase the coverage of integrated, quality MiP programming and achieve better health outcomes for mothers and newborns.

The MiPWG’s diverse partnership, made up of Ministry of Health leaders from both national reproductive health programs and national malaria control programs, technical partners, researchers and donors positions the WG to uniquely bridge global policy to country practice to support acceleration of MiP program implementation.

Functions of the Working Group

1. Development of advocacy materials including briefs, consensus statements, and country support tools.

2. Fostering partnerships between national reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and national malaria control partners.

3. Identification of critical strategic programmatic and policy barriers, as well as knowledge gaps, for reaching universal access by:

  • Outlining an operational research agenda to address the challenges of implementing MiP interventions.
  • Identifying strategies for addressing capacity gaps.
  • Identifying strategies for addressing issues with commodities.
  • The MiPWG will also assign responsibilities to WG members of partners for action.

4. Support existing MiP coordination mechanisms by synthesizing and disseminating country experiences and best practices related to scaling-up MiP interventions.

5. Identify linkages with research for effective implementation and policy development.

  • Disseminate outputs of research activities and routine country health information systems to guide policy.

6. Interface and share relevant information with other RBM mechanisms to ensure strategic harmonization in resource mobilization, implementation support and tracking progress (MAWG, MERG, HWG, PSMWG) to reach GMAP targets.

For further information, please refer to the MiPWG  Revised Terms of reference adopted in May 2017.

Work Plan

MiPWG work plan

Global Call to Action to increase national coverage with Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy

Raise your voice and support the Call to Action.
Intermittent Preventive Treatment against malaria in pregnancy(IPTp) is a highly cost effective intervention with the potential to save many maternal and neonatal lives. Yet its coverage is low. We require immediate action for dramatic scale-up of coverage in sub-Saharan Africa. While some obstacles to IPTp uptake relate to health-systems issues, many of the barriers, common across countries, could be overcome relatively easily and rapidly.

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[Download the Call to Action Social Media Kit]

[Read the Global Call to Action Press Release]

[Listen to the Call to Action Interview with Matthew Chico,15.4.2014]

[Watch UNICEF’s spotlight on malaria in pregnancy]

[See UNICEF’s infographic on Malaria and Pregnancy]


I. Monthly MiP Teleconferences and ad hoc meetings:

5 May 2017                                                                                                                                                                                Meeting notes

15 November 2016, during the 65th ASTMH meeting, Atlanta, USA
Agenda, Meeting report, Opening presentation, ANC guidelines
[1 November 2016]
[20 September 2016]
[29 April 2016]
[4 February 2016]
[27 October 2015]
[2 September 2015]
[4 June 2015]
[1 April 2015]
[5 February 2015]
[7 January 2014]
[21 November 2013]
[17 October 2013]
[23 April 2013]
[19 March 2013]

II. Annual MiP Meetings:

Date Meeting outputs
8-10.07.2015 Background documents:
Meeting report
List of participants
Meeting agendaPresentations:Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Date Meeting outputs
15-17.07.2014 Background documents:
Meeting report
Meeting agendaMeeting presentations
Date Meeting outputs
13-14.05.2013 Background documents:
Meeting report in English (PDF 60K)
Meeting agenda
List of participants
Date Meeting outputs

Meeting report [in English] (PDF 50K)
MIP Program Updates: Accelerating Malaria in Pregnancy Programs to Achieve Country Scale-Up (Working Drafts)

  1. Guinea
  2. Ghana
  3. Kenya
  4. Mozambique
  5. Rwanda
  6. Tanzania
  7. Uganda
  8. Zambia
Date Meeting outputs

Meeting report in English (PDF 50K
Background Working Paper Malaria in pregnancy in Asia Pacific region: A literature review from an area of mixed infections withP.vivax and P.falciparum (PDF 479K)

Date Meeting outputs
25-27.02.2010 Meeting report in English (PDF 310K)
Date Meeting outputs
21-23.10.2008 Meeting report [in English] (PDF 110K)
Date Meeting outputs
21-23.04.2008 Meeting report in English (PDF 110K)
Date Meeting outputs
12-16.11.2007 Background documents Provisional Agenda (PDF 100K)
Administrative Information Note (PDF 26K)
Date Meeting outputs
19-20.03.2007 Minutes of the meeting [in English] (PDF
Date Meeting outputs
10-12.10.2006 Minutes of the meeting [in English] (PDF 160K), [in French] 8PDF 280K)
Date Meeting outputs
10-12.04.2006 Minutes of the meeting [in English] (PDF 124K)
MiPWG Workplan 2005-2006: Supporting RBM for Scale up of the Prevention and Control of Malaria during Pregnancy [in English] (PDF 20K)
Date Meeting outputs
10-12.10.2005 Minutes of the meeting [in English] (PDF 110K) [in French] (PDF 130K)
MiPWG Workplan 2005-2006 (Draft): Supporting RBM for Scale up of the Prevention and Control of Malaria during Pregnancy [in English] (PDF 31K) [in French] (PDF 33K)
Recommendations on the use of Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP) for Intermittent Preventive Treatment during Pregnancy (IPT) in areas of moderate to high resistance to SP in the African Region [in English](PDF 130K)
Date Meeting outputs
21-23.09.2004 Minutes of the meeting [in English] ([PDF 102K) [in French] (PDF 120K)
MiPWG Workplan 2003-2004 (Draft): Supporting RBM for Scale up of the Prevention and Control of Malaria during Pregnancy [in English] (PDF 23) [in French] (PDF 34K)
Date Meeting outputs
28-30.04.2004 Minutes of the meeting [in English] (PDF 110K) [in French] (PDF 130K)
Date Meeting outputs
2-3.10.2003 Minutes of the meeting [in English] (MS Word 351K) [in French] (MS Word 359K)

III. Partners’ Workshops:

Date Meeting outputs
7.05.2003 Minutes of the meeting [in English] (MS Word 272K)
Date Meeting outputs

A two-day kick-off/planning meeting was organized in Tanzania in January 2013. During the meeting the new WHO IPTp and FANC guidelines, the role of anemia and its relation to malaria as well as maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, best practices to uptake of MIP interventions as well as country experiences, and lessons learned and challenges (key issues) were presented and discussed. Country delegates identified areas where the quality of FANC can be improved in order to increase IPTp and ITN uptake and developed draft country action plans for adaptation and adoption of the new WHO guidelines.

Meeting report [in English] (PDF 4M)