World Pre-eclampsia Day 2024

Pre-eclampsia: A global problem with local consequences

Pre-eclampsia isn’t a UK problem it’s a global issue, with most deaths occurring in low
income countries. Nearly 76,000 mothers and 500,000 babies worldwide lose their lives to
pre-eclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy every year.

For the mother, complications can cause illness for an extended period of time and are strongly associated with the future development of a range of debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and renal impairment. Too many lives are taken – or seriously affected – by these disorders, underscoring the importance of symptom recognition, and timely and effective response by trained healthcare workers. This is especially true in areas where access to care is reduced.

Even in the UK there is a rising death rate and we need to stop that now.

For the mother, complications can cause illness for an extended period of time and are strongly associated with the future development of a range of debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and renal impairment. Too many lives are taken – or seriously affected – by these disorders, underscoring the importance of symptom recognition, and timely and effective response by trained healthcare workers. This is especially true in areas where access to care is reduced.

In England women who need it can generally get access to PlGF testing, which rules in or out whether someone is going to get pre-eclampsia however this isn’t available in Scotland, Wales or the island of Ireland and we want to change that which is why we are launching Clark’s Campaign to open up access in Scotland.

World Pre-Eclampsia Day webinar

As part of World Pre-eclampsia day, we will be premiering a brand new webinar which follows up on the PlGF What we know, why its important webinar earlier in the year. This webinar features Prof Andrew Shennan and Prof Jenny Myers talking about the latest developments in care.

Predict. Prevent. Prevail.

The theme for World Pre-Eclampsia Day 2024 is #PredictPreventPrevail.

Researchers and clinicians still do not fully understand why pre-eclampsia and other hypertensive disorders occur in 5-8% of all pregnancies. Currently, we have few options besides a patient’s medical and pregnancy history to help us predict what patients may be at risk for preeclampsia. Our only prevention tool is to place high-risk patients on prenatal aspirin, in the hopes that it may delay or prevent the onset of preeclampsia.

But with more research and improved healthcare practices, we can prevail over pre-eclampsia. It will take us all: patients raising their voices in driving research and improving healthcare practices. Researchers receiving funding to investigate preeclampsia. Clinicians implementing what research shows saves lives. Policymakers prioritising maternal health research funding in general and preeclampsia research in specific.

“Pre-eclampsia hasn’t gone away, it’s real, it’s dangerous and it’s killing more women and babies in the UK. Clinicians in Scotland, Wales and the island of Ireland can’t access tests which can triage care to those who need it most. We need to get these tests implemented. Women need to know the signs and symptoms of the illness and should check their blood pressure every six months for their rest of their lives and let their GP know if it is rising as an early warning about long term health conditions.”

Marcus Green, APEC CEO

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