“Our IFAST approach has laid the foundations for routine testing, which is currently not carried out in maternal health care in Kenya due to lack of resources and infrastructure required for currently available testing methods,” Professor Pamme said.
“Our IFAST diagnostic system will enable a result during the patient’s visit to the clinic, and thus prompt treatment, which in turn will improve outcomes.
“During our project, we have built strong relationships between researchers, frontline clinical staff and Kenyan diagnostics providers. We have held three workshops, reaching several hundred attendees, to showcase research and challenging in diagnostics for maternal infections that lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes.”
The shortlist for the 2020 Newton Prize was announced this week, featuring 27 research and innovation projects between the UK and Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey.
Other challenges which have been addressed through Newton Prize nominees include producing clean energy in developing countries, HIV prevention, the protection of historical sites, how to tackle water pollution, as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
One prize of up to £200,000 will be awarded to a project in each eligible prize country (Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa and Turkey) which demonstrates high quality research and impact.
Dr Dave Richards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull, said: “First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Professor Pamme for being shortlisted for the 2020 Newton Prize.
“At the University of Hull, we are incredibly proud to have a talented team of academics and researchers, whose contributions have truly global significance.
“Professor Pamme’s work encapsulates research excellence in every possible sense – utilising ground-breaking technology in an international collaboration to make a huge difference to the lives of those that most need it.
“I would like to wish Nicole the very best of luck in this year’s Newton Prize. We at the University of Hull could not be prouder.”
More details on the 2020 Newton Prize can be found here.