Neonatal conditions, malaria and malnutrition collectively accounted for almost half of child deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2019. Yet there is a lack of interdisciplinary research on preventive interventions for malaria and child growth faltering. This interdisciplinary team will investigate whether preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy can positively impact child growth in the first year of life. 


“Seed funding provides us with an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research to understand the pathways through which preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy influences child growth in early life,” said Principal Investigator Jade Benjamin-Chung. “We are excited to use novel inflammation assays and causal inference methods to investigate this question in close collaboration with Ugandan scientists.”

Seed funding provides us with an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research to understand the pathways through which preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy influences child growth in early life.

Principal Investigator Jade Benjamin-Chung

Investigators: Jade Benjamin-Chung, Prasanna Jagannathan, Abel Kakuru

Funders: Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Unicef Ethiopia, Flickr