The Child and Family Research Institute at the University of British Columbia received $7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to research pre-eclampsia monitoring, prevention and treatment. The project hopes to develop new strategies in low and middle income countries and determine the impact of community based initiatives to reduce adverse maternal outcomes.
From the press release:
“Hypertensive disorders, or high blood pressure, complicate five to 10 percent of pregnancies and can lead to serious maternal and fetal illness or death. Pre-eclampsia, the most serious of these disorders, is the second leading cause of maternal death worldwide, resulting in up to 76,000 maternal deaths each year.”