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Dear all, 

Welcome to the second edition of our monthly newsletter with all updates and latest news regarding the SPOT-studies! The SPOT-studies aim to improve the care for women with preeclampsia in Ghana. 

SPOT-studies overview

  1. To externally validate the fullPIERS and miniPIERS prediction models, and develop a simple, user friendly, numeric Severe Pre-eclampsia adverse Outcome Triage (SPOT) score to assist clinical decision making in severe early pre-eclampsia (SPOT-VAL).
  2. To quantify the relationship between fetal (and maternal) APOL1 status and preeclampsia and assess whether this can predict pre-eclampsia (SPOT-BIO).
  3. To understand the views on ‘good care’ of various stakeholders in the care of Hypertension Disorders in Pregnancy (HDP): health professionals, health management and pregnant women themselves.
  4. To assess impact of SPOT-score combined with shared-decision making tool implementation (SPOT-impact).

SPOT-study Timeline


We have launched our very own SPOT-study website! Here you can find more in-depth information regarding the study. While we work on improving the site, we welcome all input from our audience.

While most of our partners are represented by our team members, we would also like to introduce Share-Net and FIGO as one of our partners:
Share-Net is the Netherlands Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights
FIGO is the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics


We would also like to introduce the team of Action on Preeclampsia Ghana (APEC-Ghana). They are the advocacy agency dedicated to saving the lives of mothers & babies through education and support. 

You can join them on Facebook Live Video every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am for the next 4 weeks in which they discuss Preeclampsia.

They have also requested to focus on the mental health impact of preeclampsia so we are proud to announce that we will soon start with our substudy in which we look at the prevalence of mental health disorders after pregnancies with preeclampsia!


Our new PhD researchers have joined the SPOT-impact study:

Klaartje Olde Loohuis is a medical doctor specialised in Global Health Care/Tropical Medicine and Primary Health Care.

She is originally from the Netherlands but currently lives with her family in Cote d'Ivoire and will start from November onwards. 

Sasha Kruger is originally from Chicago, Illinois. 

She graduated with a Bachelor's in Race and Ethnicity Studies and a Master's in Narrative Medicine, focusing primarily on the ways in which the transnational production of social and structural difference affects the health of populations globally. 

Recruitment process

Research assistants and nurses have been recruited and trained for the fetal sample collection and follow up in Ridge, Korle-Bu, La General and Koforidua.
                                               SPOT-VAL:                 SPOT-BIO
Ridge Hospital:                       311 women                107 women
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital:   236 women                 42 women
La General Hospital:              169 women                  40 women
Lekma Hospital:                       17 women                                   
Tema Hospital:                         41 women                                   
Koforidua:                                13 women                  13 women

Total:                                      787 women                202 women
Target:                                    840 women               800 women

Almost there! Soon we will start with the recruitment of the control group which includes 1600 normotensive women.

Meet the Team

Ghana Health Services, Accra, Ghana
  • Dr. Emmanuel K. Srofenyoh, MBChB MPhil FWACS
  • Dr. Fred Pobee, MBChB FWACS
  • Dr. Sylvia Deganus, MBChB MPH FWACS
  • Dr. Hellen Akaba, MBChB MPH FWACS
  • Dr. Ama Tamatey, MBChB FWACS
  • Dr. Patrick Aboagye, MB-BCH MPH Dip. RH
  • Dr. Kwame Anim-Boamah, MBChB MBA FWACS
  • Prof. Dr. Irene Agyepong, MBChB PhD
  • Dr. Evelyn K. Ansah, MBChB PhD
  • Dr. Edward Antwi, MBChB PhD
  • Dr. Phidelia Ladje Pinto, MBChB
  • Dr. Maame Yaa Essel, MBChB
  • Mr. Nana K.A. Ampofo, BSc

UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands

  • Dr. Joyce Browne, MD PhD
  • Prof. Dr. Diederick Grobbee, MD PhD FESC
  • Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, PhD
  • Prof. Dr. Arie Franx, MD PhD
  • Ms. Ilja van der Geest, Ms. Tessa van Otterloo, Ms. Lisa Kraneburg, Ms. Connie Rees
  • Ms. Daily Krijnen, BSc
  • Ms. Mona Zeevaert, BSc

KIT, Royal Tropical Institute
  • Dr. Noor Tromp, PhD
  • Drs. Irene de Vries, MD MA

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

  • Dr. Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, MD MPhil FWACS, University of Ghana Medical School


University of British Columbia, Vancouver

  • Dr. Beth Payne, PhD


University of Tennessee (APOL1 substudy)

  • Dr. Claire Simpson, PhD
  • Prof. Robert Davis, MD MPH
  • Ms. Alana Tonya Smith, BSc, Sr. Research Assistant


H3Africa Kidney Network
(APOL1 substudy)

  • Dr. Vincent Boima, MBChB
  • Dr. Dwoama Adu, MBChB
  • Dr. Charlotte Osafo, MBChB


University of Ghana, Noguchi

  • Dr. Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, MBChB PhD
  • Dr. Daniel Arhinful, PhD
  • Dr. Hannah Brown Amoakoh (joint collaboration with UMCU)


University of Amsterdam
(Quality of care)

  • Dr. Bregje de Kok, Dr. Trudie Gerrits, Ms. Asra Vestering

Contact us

Dr. Joyce Browne
Dr. Joyce Browne
Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh
Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh
Prof. Robert Davis
Prof. Robert Davis
Website SPOT Study Ghana
Website SPOT Study Ghana
Website APEC Ghana
Website APEC Ghana
Facebook APEC Ghana
Facebook APEC Ghana
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