Complications due to Preeclampsia are, to this day, one of the main causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in Paraguay. Since 2017, the Foundation has been actively working on raising awareness about this condition and wishes to unite the medical community, organizations and citizens contributions in the challenge of preventing deaths by Preeclampsia. 

The event has been declared of institutional interest by resolution Nº 315 of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare. 

The event will take place on the 13th of September 2019 (Avda. Santa Teresa esq/ Aviadores del Chaco y Herminio Maldonado). Tower 1, Paseo La Galeria, Asunción. The timetable will be from 9:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:30 hours.The activity will be free of cost for all participants; however, places are limited. 

Patricia Abed, lawyer and Managing Director of The Foundation would like to outline the events in more detail.

¿What does this 1st Preeclampsia Health Event, supported by the Ministry of Health, the Society for Paraguayan Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Medical Department of the National University of Paraguayrepresent for the Foundation?

Our Foundation is still in its initial stages, but we are proud to have gained the trust of the authorities in this sector as well as the most relevant stakeholders. Without whom, it would be impossible either to gain positive results, or to arrange meetings and discussions, such as, the Preeclampsia Event, organised for mid- September. We are hoping for a Full House on that day, and, more importantly for deep, meaningful discussion leading to a reduction in the appalling figures, which at present even at a regional level, leave us very low in the ranking.

¿What can the participants of this first Preeclampsia Health Day expect?

National and international speakers will share quality presentations with participants; on the national and regional reality of hypertensive diseases during pregnancy, related improvement proposals and the most up to date developments in the area. We aim to provide the professionals working within this area of Health who attend the event, to have increased and updated their knowledge and understanding of the subject; but more importantly, to feel inspired and motivated to apply that knowledge with responsibility, humanity and patriotism, since, as previously mentioned, the figures, which are LIVES, not numbers, place our region in a very disadvantageous position.

A preview of the Speakers at the Health Day event:

Our principal speaker is Doctor Mauro Parra, from Chile, who is Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine at Chile University. Doctor Parra is a Medical surgeon, specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University, with an additional speciality in Maternity and Prenatal Medicine at the Clinic Hospital of the University of Chile. In addition, Doctor Parra also has a qualification as a Doctor of Medicine from London University, England.

Dr. Alvaro Sepúlveda, AssistantProfessor at the same Department and Faculty will also be present. In addition, contributions will be made by a variety of local professionals with vast experience in this field.

Patricia Abed, lawyer and Managing Director of The Foundation