Ukweli-UTI Teststrips to Improve Maternal Health

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Faculty Mentor/s:
Khanjan Mehta, Creative Inquiry
Students on the team this summer:
Skyler Martinez ‘22, Biological Sciences
Anneke Roy ‘21, Sociology
Noah Weaver ‘21, Biological Sciences
Project Description:
Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. This team has developed
inexpensive (2-cent) test strips to screen women for Urinary Tract Infections and Preeclampsia
during pregnancy. The team recently received regulatory approval from the Pharmacy Control Board
in Sierra Leone, and is preparing for fieldwork in August to strengthen field operations, design and
implement effective messaging strategies, and integrate the test strips into the national healthcare
Month/Year Project Began:
June 2020