Antenatal Screening Kit: Improving Maternal Health Worldwide
Johns Hopkins University, 2010 - $16,000
Each year, nearly 600,000 women die worldwide as a result of complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth. In South Asia, barely 50% of women have access to antenatal care, and as a result millions of women over the years have died avoidable deaths.
This team is developing a kit consisting of rapid and cost-effective point-of-care tests to screen expectant mothers for various readily treatable diseases and health problems that can lead to complications during pregnancy. The kit contains different marker pens pre-filled with reagents and a special booklet. A simple mark on a piece of paper by the test pen creates a dipstick for urine, and results in an easily read color change, telling the healthcare worker if action is needed. The kit provides a 10 to 100 fold cost reduction in the cost of tests and longer shelf life for reagents in challenging environments.
The team is partnered with Jhpiego, a leading global NGO in maternal/child healthcare, which will provide access to test populations and marketing strategy development assistance.
- Antenatal team wins inaugural ABC/Duke Reinventing Maternal Health Challenge! (April 2011)
- The team presented at Open Minds 2011
- Innovation News Daily (March 2011)
- Coverage in JHU Gazette (May 2011)
- Coverage in Smart Planet (May 2011)
- Antenatal team a Popular Science 'invention of the year'!
- Antenatal team selected for Jhpiego $24 million project (Oct. 2011)
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