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Malaria in Pregnancy, Prevention (Green-top Guideline No. 54A)

Published: 28/04/2010

This is the first edition of this guideline.


Update December 2014: New evidence and guidance in this field were reviewed in 2014 and it was decided that revision of this guideline would be deferred to a later date. The version available on the website and app will remain valid until replaced.


The aim of this guideline is to provide clinicians with evidence-based, up-to-date information about the prevention of malaria in pregnancy in situations that are likely to be encountered in UK medical facilities (that is, UK-based residents visiting malaria endemic areas). These guidelines are not necessarily appropriate for those residing in endemic areas.

This guideline covers malaria prevention travel recommendations in:

  • Women planning a pregnancy
  • Those already pregnant or breast feeding

Please note that drug recommendations for malaria prophylaxis can change owing to resistance. Up-to-date information on drugs can be obtained using online resources as described in this guideline.

Information about the diagnosis and treatment of malaria in pregnancy can be found in Green-top Guideline No. 54b: Diagnosis and treatment of malaria in pregnancy.