Asset Publisher

Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health


Identification of Prematurity and Pre-Eclampsia as Causes of Mortality

MIBio project
08/10/2019 - 31/05/2022
Natalia Rakislova
Funded by
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The MIBio project (INV-002394) is coordinated by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) and is carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM, Mozambique), the Maputo Central Hospital (MCH, Mozambique), the Manhiça Health Research Center/Fundação Manhiça (CISM/FM, Mozambique) and Hospital Clínic of Barcelona (FCRB, Spain).

The overall goal of the MIBio project is to potentially reduce maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality associated with preterm birth and/or preeclampsia in a low-resource setting by improving the accuracy of postmortem identification of these conditions. Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling (MITS) enriched with the determination of angiogenic biomarkers and post-mortem ultrasound could serve as a perinatal mortality surveillance tool in geographic areas with a high burden of pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders and prematurity.

Additionally, the project also aims at contributing to the capacity building of young African researchers and establishing sustainable networks to tackle preeclampsia and prematurity.

Total Funding

1,499,945.00 USD

Our Team


ISGlobal Team

  • Raquel González Alvarez
    Raquel González Alvarez
  • Clara Menéndez
    Clara Menéndez Research Professor, Director of the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative and Programme
  • Jaume Ordi
    Jaume Ordi Research Professor

Other projects

See Past Projects


Continued validation of the minimally invasive autopsy for the investigation of the causes of death in infants, and establishment of a research and training center to study causes of death


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


Improving Care through Azithromycin Research for Infants in Africa


MULTIple doses of IPTi Proposal: a Lifesaving high Yield intervention


Prevalence and impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on maternal and infant health in African populations


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

HIV drug resistance (HIVDR)

Description of HIV drug resistance patterns and its association with the risk of HIV mother to child transmission among pregnant women from southern Mozambique