Manifesting in up to 10% of pregnancies worldwide, Preeclampsia can cause hypertension, damage to organs including kidneys and even death to the women.
Preeclampsia is difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are similar to many other conditions, sometimes the only cause of action is a premature birth which in itself is very risky to mother and child.
Road to Action
Preeclampsia can be a devastating condition for women in less developed health care systems, in fact it is seven times more prevalent in countries with limited prenatal care. Using the same urinary dipstick that is used for the Sickle Cell Disease Initiative, ILSC, together with prestigious academic research institutions in the United States and Africa,will conduct a limited proof-of-concept trial in sub-Sahara countries in 2021. Our goal is to expand this limited trial into further research. The ultimate hope is that our research could detect early onset of kidney damage due to preeclampsia, allowing early therapeutic interventions and hopefully prolonging lives.