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Jhpiego receives $100,000 grant to pilot pre-eclampsia screening device

November 17, 2010

Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, has received a $100,000 grant from USAID to further develop the Proteinuria Self-Test for Early Detection of Pre-Eclampsia. The “proteinuria pen,” an extremely affordable, reliable test with an easy-to-read result to

detect pre-eclampsia among pregnant women was developed in collaboration with a CBID design team.

Jhpiego and CBID will continue to refine the technology design and engineering of the Proteinuria Self-test, and then conduct a pilot study in a rural district of southern Nepal to assess the test’s acceptability and feasibility for use at the community and household levels by community health workers and pregnant women.

The technology and its delivery have the potential to reach millions of underserved or unreached pregnant women, and its use has the potential to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.