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Empowering Women with Chronic Diseases

Women shouldn’t have to choose between starting a family or controlling their disease.



of pregnant women take at least one prescription drug during pregnancy.


But only5%

of medications are being properly monitored, tested and labeled for this use.

For millions of women with chronic diseases, this absence of information reduces their ability to make informed decisions around their health before, during and after pregnancy. Access to information is a fundamental right for women when it comes to their health. We believe it’s time to overcome the information gaps that prevent women from making informed decisions about their health.

What we do


BRIDGE (Better Research, Information and Data Generation for Empowerment) is an independent, multidisciplinary group committed to the advancement of practical and action-oriented solutions to overcome information gaps that affect women’s health before, during and after pregnancy.

Meet the team

We envision a future where all women with chronic diseases feel confident
and secure about medical decisions related to pregnancy and breastfeeding.


New drugs with the potential to manage a chronic disease should be tested in women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, with international standards developed to guide comprehensive and harmonized national data collection in this population.


All women with chronic diseases – including women who may become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding – should have the option, and are encouraged to participate in a clinical trial, and understand the value of their participation so that they can choose to enrol and participate in clinical trials.

Ngawai Moss, one of BRIDGE’s co-chairs, shared her perspective around why it is crucial we come together and empower women to get the information they need to make decisions related to their health.

What we do

What We Do

Empowering women with chronic diseases to make informed medical decisions related to pregnancy and breastfeeding.

To overcome information gaps that can affect women's health, we have to come together to identify key challenges and make recommendations for urgent changes to the way we approach data availability, generation, communication, and decision-making for women before, during and after pregnancy.

What is new about this initiative? As rarely done before, our approach is centered around women's perspective, ensuring their reality and lived experiences are rightfully reflected and understood.


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