Preeclampsia, a potentially fatal pregnancy condition characterized by high blood pressure and organ damage, is the second leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide, despite the condition being straightforward to treat when detected early. The current diagnosis of preeclampsia using blood pressure and proteinuria is inaccurate and requires routine clinical visits, making it inaccessible to many. Furthermore, symptoms are subtle so birthing people are often unaware of the developing complications unless they attend regular prenatal care checkups.
Kalia Health is dedicated to improving maternal health through engineering a safe, affordable, and accessible home-based early detection test for preeclampsia (PE). The lateral flow device identifies urinary biomarkers specific to PE for a more real-time diagnosis. This test will increase the number of birthing people that self-detect and seek prenatal care for PE through home diagnosis, education, and empowerment.