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Source: The Cochrane Collaborative
Last Reviewed: October 2014
Workgroups: Global Health Workgroup
In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that giving women in their 1st or 2nd pregnancy antimalarial drugs can prevent moderate to severe anemia and prevent malaria parasites in the blood. The review included trials that evaluated 6 different antimalarials against placebo or no intervention. Researchers also found that when pregnant women take antimalarial drugs, their babies have increased average birth weight and are less likely to have a low birth weight.
Radeva‐Petrova, D., Kayentao, K., ter Kuile, F. O., Sinclair, D., & Garner, P. (2014). Drugs for preventing malaria in pregnant women in endemic areas: any drug regimen versus placebo or no treatment. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014 (10). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000169.pub3.