The Stop Kernicterus Project
We are dedicated to stopping Kernicterus via education, innovative low cost solutions for early detection and treatment recommendations.
About 50% of newborns develop Jaundice (yellow color of skin caused by elevated serum bilirubin) during the first week of life. This is normal. However, some newborns develop severe jaundice that can cause life long brain damage (kernicterus) and even death. Kernicterus is common in low resource countries but can easily be prevented with early diagnosis and light therapy.
This website provides a low cost strategy to prevent this tragedy through education, smartphone Apps for jaundice screening and bilirubin estimation, a system for networking between primary care clinics and treatment centers, and a platform for evaluating care innovations and documenting the scope and severity of hyperbilirubinemia and bilirubin encephalopathy in a region or country.