The development of this low cost monitor was led by the Chairman of APEC Professor Andy Shennan and it is hoped that it will help to save the lives of tens of thousands of women across the world at risk of pre eclampsia. Figures show that worldwide 76,000 women and half a million babies die every year due to pre eclampsia – often because the disease is not detected *. The VSA monitor has been specifically designed for use in low income countries where these deaths most commonly occur.
To date over 5,000 of the devices have been sent to over 10 different countries.
Pictured: Taking blood pressures at APEC HQ using the VSA devices for pre eclampsia awareness day.
(Innovation Countdown 2030 is a PATH-led initiative to identify and showcase lifesaving innovations with great promise to transform global health by 2030 and to help accelerate progress toward the new health targets proposed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal)s.
*. Kuklina EV, et al. Hypertensive Disorders and Severe Obstetric Morbidity in the United States. Obstet Gynecol 2009; 113:1299-306