How can the health risks of extreme heat on pregnant women and newborns be reduced?

Author: Professor Matthew Chersich

Organization: Wits Health Consortium

Year: 2023

The negative impacts of heat exposure on maternal and child health outcomes are well documented, but there is little evidence to help us understand how best to reduce the risk of extreme heat on pregnant women. Professor Chersich will lead this study investigating a range of potential protective mechanisms, covering behavioural, built environment and environmental innovations. The team will work across six maternity facilities and the surrounding communities of urban areas in South Africa and semi-rural parts of Zimbabwe.