- Raquel González (ISGlobal)
- EDCTP (Project code: RIA2020EF-2956)
The highest maternal mortality rates in the world are registered in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), were the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported continues to increase. Information on SARS-CoV-2 and associated COVID-19 in pregnancy and their effects on maternal and perinatal health remains limited mainly to high-income countries. Thus, there is a paucity of data from SSA, where there is coexisting and highly prevalent HIV, malaria and malnutrition, and some of the poorest maternal and child health outcomes globally.
There is an urgent need to conduct surveillance and prospective studies across the region. This project aims to describe the burden and effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy in women living in malaria endemic areas and high prevalence of HIV infection. Pregnant women attending ANC clinics in selected sites from Libreville and Lambaréné (Gabon) and Manhiça (Mozambique) will be enrolled in a cohort study to determine the frequency of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 during pregnancy and its effects on maternal and neonatal health.
The findings of this project will contribute to the understanding of the impact of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 among pregnant women living in SSA countries where malaria and HIV infections are highly prevalent.
Principal Investigator (PI)
Raquel González Alvarez
Azucena Bardají Associate Research Professor
Antía Figueroa Técnica de investigación
Laura Garcia Otero
Susana Méndez Data manager
Clara Menéndez Research Professor, Directora de la Iniciativa y del Programa de Salud Materna, Infantil y Reproductiva
MIREIA PIQUERAS Project Manager
Otros proyectosVer proyectos pasados
Improving Maternal and Infant Health by reducing malaria risks in African women: evaluation of the safety and efficacy of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in HIV-infected pregnant women
Validación continuada de la autopsia mínimamente invasiva (MIA) para la investigación de la causa de muerte en niños pequeños, y desarrollo de un centro de investigación y formación sobre el estudio de la causa de muerte
Improving Care through Azithromycin Research for Infants in Africa
Identification of Prematurity and Pre-Eclampsia as Causes of Mortality
MULTIple doses of IPTi Proposal: a Lifesaving high Yield intervention
Impact of perceptions of COVID-19 vaccines on health-seeking behaviours in Sierra Leone
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in African pregnant women and children
Towards preparedness for new maternal vaccinations: Understanding barriers and facilitators to maternal vaccine acceptance
Efficacy of low dose acetylsalicylic acid in preventing adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes in SARS-CoV-2 infected pregnant women
Description of HIV drug resistance patterns and its association with the risk of HIV mother to child transmission among pregnant women from southern Mozambique