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Sensing Strip for Pre-eclampsia
|Health Topic||Maternal mortality|
|Location||Africa, Asia, South America|
Problem being addressed
Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are two leading causes of maternal death in low-resource settings. Both conditions are difficult to diagnose.
Detailed description of the solution
This low-cost, solar-powered sensing strip will detect the early presence of pre-eclampsia or eclampsia. The skin of the strip is composed of flexible polymers and carbon-based materials. The strip will create an electrical current change when biomarkers indicating the presence of eclampsia are detected.
Describe its relevance for resource-constrained settings
This technology is specifically designed for use in developing countries due to its low cost and the fact that it is powered by solar energy.
- Designed by: Professor Zhenan Bao, a Chemical Engineering professor at Stanford University.
- The Bao Research website available here.
Funding is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Other internally generated reports
Bergeron, Louis. (2011). Stanford Researcher's New Stretchable Solar Cells Will Power Artificial Electronic 'Super Skin.' Photonics Online. Link available here.
Externally generated reports
Pre-eclamspia sensing strip. (n.d.). Maternal and Neonatal Directerd Assessment of Technology. Link available here.