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Solar Blood Pressure Monitor

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Prototype
Location Africa

Problem being addressed[edit]

In the poorest countries, there are 500 million maternal deaths, 3.2 million still births, and 4 million neonatal deaths each year. Early detection of preeclampsia could reduce the number of deaths each year. Blood pressure is an important indicator that is used to detect preeclampsia.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

The device is a solar powered blood pressure monitor. It is used to detect the presence of preeclampsia before eclampsia occurs in birth. It is designed to be used with little training.

Designed by[edit]

  • Designed by: Andrew Shennan and colleagues at Kings College London
  • Manufacturer location: The product is currently under development in the UK.

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit]

This device will be tested in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.

Funding Source[edit]

This project received $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant.


Externally generated reports[edit]

Community BP Monitoring to Detect Pre-eclampsia in Africa - Maternal and Neonatal Directed Assessment of Technology. (n.d.). Maternal and Neonatal Directed Assessment of Technology. Retrieved February 5, 2013. Link available here.

Round 5. (n.d.). Grand Challenges in Global Health. Retrieved February 5, 2013. Link available here.