Perceptions of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) and barriers to…

Background: Malaria during pregnancy is dangerous to both mother and foetus. Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) is a strategy where pregnant women in malaria-endemic countries receive full doses of sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), whether or not they have malaria. The Nigerian government adopted IPTp as a national strategy in 2005; however, major gaps affecting perception, uptake, adherence, and scale-up remain. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in peri-urban and rural communities in Nasarawa and Cross River States in Nigeria.

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Perceptions of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) and barriers to…