Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are serious conditions unique to pregnancy and the post-partum period, most often characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure. If not diagnosed and treated promptly, they can lead to seizure, stroke, organ failure, and death of the mother and/or baby. In the developed world, maternal death from pre-eclampsia and eclampsia is rare; however, they are leading causes of maternal and infant death globally, resulting in 40,000–80,000 deaths worldwide each year.
In the developing world, treating pre-eclampsia and eclampsia presents many challenges. Gynuity’s primary goal is to increase access to evidence-based treatment for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, especially in low-resource settings, and in so doing, reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the quality of care available to women around the world.