Photo credit: Manhiça Health Research Center
10 Apr 2012
By Guilhermina Dinis, Social Sciences Assistant, Social Research Unit, Manhiça Health Research Center, Manhiça, Mozambique

Malaria had a great impact on me in 2004, during my pregnancy with my eldest daughter. I personally experienced all the symptoms, without anyone else needing to tell me what they were. 

I was hospitalized in my fourth month of pregnancy and again in my sixth month. The last time I was hospitalized was between my seventh and eighth months. Each time, I was treated with oral quinine, but to no avail. This was one of those infamous cases of malaria during pregnancy. My daughter has also been hit hard by malaria since she was a baby—perhaps her mother infected her during pregnancy.

My community would welcome the malaria vaccine. I think it would help us avoid some sudden deaths, since this pandemic decimates lives every day, particularly in early childhood (the first five years of life). I think that having the vaccine would reduce the number of deaths, since prevention and protection do not reach everyone, even though part of the community has access to some care to protect against this disease.