The end of the year always brings with it the joys and blessings (and sometimes challenges) of the holiday season, the nostalgia of closing out another year, and the enthusiasm of looking forward to a new year of anticipated goals. For the Preeclampsia Foundation, as we close out 2010, we close the door on our first decade as THE patient advocacy organization fighting to end the devastating impact of preeclampsia. It has been a very full ten years, beginning with the tumultuous first steps of any start-up organization and moving into the more recent years of growth and success. Last month, we published “Preeclampsia: A Decade of Perspective | Building a Global Call to Action”. This 40-page publication captured our milestones as we celebrated our 10th anniversary, reported on the state of preeclampsia, and suggested a call-to-action for our partners, allies and supporters for the next decade. Included was a Proclamation signed by world health leaders representing 32 nations that called for solidarity in six action areas.
Developing this report was, as I stated in the Introduction, a humbling and eye-opening experience. Humbling to realize how far we’ve come in ten short years – the programs we’ve produced in research, education, awareness and advocacy, but also how vast the road ahead still lies in the US and especially in low- and middle-income countries. We plan to continue to play a key role in filling that gap and driving awareness of a global health problem so devastating to mothers, babies and families. We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.