Optimizing malaria control in pregnancy: from clinical trials to implementation science
Malaria in pregnancy constitutes a global health priority with important effects on maternal and infant health. In this seminar, new findings from clinical trials and large implementation science projects that aim to optimize malaria control strategies targeting pregnant women living in moderate-high malaria transmission areas will be presented.
Dr. Raquel González
Dr. Raquel González is Assistant Research Professor at the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal, Spain) and at the Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM, Mozambique).
She completed medical school at the University of Barcelona (UB, Spain) in 2001 with a Master in Public Health from the Pompeu Fabra University (2004). She was recipient of the Spanish Society of Vaccinology‘s Fellowship for a training abroad and spent six months at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (USA) and KEMRI/CDC (Kenya) as guest researcher in 2007. She finished her medical residency and graduated as specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health in 2007 at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona where she started her collaboration with ISGlobal and with the CISM. In 2015 she defended her PhD thesis at the UB and in 2021 she received the French Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) Diploma at the University of Paris.
Since 2012, she collaborates with the Global Malaria Program of the World Health Organization providing technical inputs and updating the guidelines for prevention of malaria in pregnancy. For the past fifteen years she has worked as study field coordinator, project manager and investigator of several clinical and epidemiological studies in Tetouan (Morocco), Manhiça (Mozambique) and Nairobi (Kenya), focusing her research on poverty related diseases such as malaria and HIV in the field of maternal and child health in low income countries.