The PRE-EMPT (PREgnancy Evidence, Monitoring, Partnerships and Treatment) initiative is a consortium of leading global maternal health research and impact initiatives aimed at developing, testing and introducing new knowledge that will reduce the unacceptable maternal, perinatal, family, societal, and global impacts of pre-eclampsia, and the other pregnancy complications. Co-ordinated centrally out of Vancouver, Canada, we work closely with the global health community and local maternal health providers in under-resourced communities. Although research is our focus, we are also passionate about translating new knowledge into real-life settings. We strive to make a positive global impact on the health of pregnant women and their babies.

Statement of Values

Our work is situated within the global community, and we carry this with us as we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse work environment. We come from a variety of backgrounds, and we recognize how our experiences are different on the basis of our sex, gender, self-identity, race, culture and religion. We are aware that we benefit from our privilege and oppressive institutions. Yet individually, we have also experienced discrimination at the hands of these same institutions. The field of global health research in particular, has historically been rooted in colonialism. We strive to balance our individual life experiences as we decolonize global health research and create meaningful collaborations.

The offices where we work are located on the unceded and traditional lands of the Musqueam (šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ) Coast Salish people. In Canada, colonialism is not a thing of the past. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples have been and continue to be harmed, institutionally oppressed, and systemically marginalized. We are grateful to be able to conduct our work from these lands, where Indigenous people have lived and continue to thrive since time immemorial.

In our work, we welcome individuality and identity in all its forms, and are dedicated to amplifying and empowering diverse voices. We are committed to collaborative research methods and practice, the necessity and value of different ways of knowing, to unlearning, and re-learning.


We believe that solutions to the most complex problems affecting women’s and children’s health cannot be achieved in silos. The interconnectedness of what affects maternal, perinatal, and child health in low resourced settings calls on bold, intersectoral and innovative approaches. W have partnered with various academics, industry, and governments to develop, disseminate and implement evidence including:

Global Pregnancy CoLab

Preeclampsia Foundation USA

Preeclampsia Foundation Canada

UBC-University of Rwanda partnership