A group from the PRECISE Network visited MRCG recently in preparation for a new project on maternal and neonatal health. It is estimated that about 46,000 women and two-and-a-half million babies die annually during the puerperal and neonatal period, respectively, and half of them die in Africa. In addition, about 50 million women and babies will have their short and long-term health altered because of pregnancy and/or delivery complications. These groups represent one of the greatest global health inequalities of our time. The PRECISE project will follow pregnancies until delivery in Western, Easter and Southern Africa and the MRCG will be one of the 4 recruitment sites.
The PRECISE project is an observation study. The primary objective is to develop a unique cohort of pregnant women to describe the extend of placental disorders in women attending antenatal care in centres representative of urban and rural African communities. . Other poor delivery outcomes will also be described as part of the study. Additional objectives include to investigate socio-cultural and health system barriers preventing access, effective management and care pathways and to investigate the potential for the introduction of novel methods to assist with diagnosis and management of placental and other disorders in sub-Saharan Africa.