Impact of Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine resistance on effectiveness of intermittent preventive therapy for malaria in pregnancy at clearing infections and preventing low birth weight

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  • Meghna Desai
  • Julie Gutman
  • Steve M. Taylor
  • Ryan E Wiegand
  • Carole Khairallah
  • Kassoum Kayentao
  • Peter Ouma
  • Sheick O. Coulibaly
  • Linda Kalilani
  • Kimberly E. Mace
  • Emmanuel Arinaitwe
  • Don P. Mathanga
  • Ogobara Doumbo
  • Kephas Otieno
  • Dabira Edgar
  • Ebbie Chaluluka
  • Mulakwa Kamuliwo
  • Veronica Ades
  • Jacek Skarbinski
  • Ya Ping Shi
  • Steve Meshnick
  • Feiko O. ter Kuile

BACKGROUND: Owing to increasing sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) resistance in sub-Saharan Africa, monitoring the effectiveness of intermittent preventive therapy in pregnancy (IPTp) with SP is crucial.

METHODS: Between 2009 and 2013, both the efficacy of IPTp-SP at clearing existing peripheral malaria infections and the effectiveness of IPTp-SP at reducing low birth weight (LBW) were assessed among human immunodeficiency virus-uninfected participants in 8 sites in 6 countries. Sites were classified as high, medium, or low resistance after measuring parasite mutations conferring SP resistance. An individual-level prospective pooled analysis was conducted.

RESULTS: Among 1222 parasitemic pregnant women, overall polymerase chain reaction-uncorrected and -corrected failure rates by day 42 were 21.3% and 10.0%, respectively (39.7% and 21.1% in high-resistance areas; 4.9% and 1.1% in low-resistance areas). Median time to recurrence decreased with increasing prevalence of Pfdhps-K540E. Among 6099 women at delivery, IPTp-SP was associated with a 22% reduction in the risk of LBW (prevalence ratio [PR], 0.78; 95% confidence interval [CI], .69-.88; P <.001). (pr, .67-.97; 0.81; 95% and areas association by ci, gravidity, high in insecticide-treated modified net not or p=".02).</p" remained resistance significant sp this use was with>

CONCLUSIONS: The efficacy of SP to clear peripheral parasites and prevent new infections during pregnancy is compromised in areas with >90% prevalence of Pfdhps-K540E. Nevertheless, in these high-resistance areas, IPTp-SP use remains associated with increases in birth weight and maternal hemoglobin. The effectiveness of IPTp in eastern and southern Africa is threatened by further increases in SP resistance and reinforces the need to evaluate alternative drugs and strategies for the control of malaria in pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)323-233
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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