To date, studies have generated conflicting findings on how COVID-19 affects pregnant women and their babies. AKU researchers in Nairobi and Karachi aim to shed new light on the subject.
In Nairobi, a team led by Professor Marleen Temmerman have been engaged in a major study of placental disorders (pregnancy hypertension, foetal growth restriction, etc.) in multiple African countries, using a biobank of samples collected from women throughout their pregnancy. The study, known as PRECISE, has now been expanded to investigate the impact of the novel coronavirus on pregnant women and their babies.