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Resource for Managing Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia Now Available in French!

We are excited to announce that the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, a free resource available for clinicians worldwide, is now available in French! The Obstetric Emergency Drills Trainer’s Manual and accompanying resources were developed by the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy in Argentina and the Maternal Health Task Force. It is our hope that, when combined, these resources will be invaluable for clinicians seeking ways to prepare for obstetric emergencies and manage postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia…read more

What Is the Most Effective, Low-Cost Method for Inducing Labor in Women With Pre-Eclampsia?

A group of researchers from the University of Liverpool, Gynuity Health Projects and the Government Medical College, Nagpur recently conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare the efficacy, safety and acceptability of two low-cost methods for labor induction among women with pre-eclampsia…read more

Resource for Managing Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-eclampsia/ Eclampsia Now Available in Spanish!

We are excited to announce that the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, a free resource available for clinicians worldwide, is now available in Spanish! The Obstetric Emergency Drills Trainer’s Manual and accompanying resources were developed by the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) in Argentina and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) as part of a research and training project. It is our hope that, when combined, these resources will be invaluable for clinicians seeking ways to prepare for obstetric emergencies and manage postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia…read more

Pre-eclampsia Education for All Moms: Strategies for Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Research strongly suggests that maternal deaths due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are almost entirely preventable with timely and effective care, including the administration of antihypertensive medications to control blood pressure, magnesium sulfate to prevent eclampsia (seizures), and eventual delivery of the newborn. However, a patient’s lack of understanding of the signs and symptoms of the disease can impact her likelihood of seeking timely care. Recent research from the analysis of state-level maternal mortality by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative emphasizes that patient understanding of symptoms and the severity of the disease is crucial for improving outcomes and preventing maternal death…read more

The Current State of Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia Prevention and Treatment

In Kenya and Nigeria, hypertensive disorders such as pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths. In Bangladesh, Pakistan and Ethiopia, hypertensive disorders are among the top three causes. But despite the high fatality rate, deaths from pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are entirely preventable. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are crucial for preventing mortality due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia…read more

Community Perceptions of Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia in Four Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Reproductive Health recently published a series of research articles describing community perceptions of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in four low- and middle-income countries: India, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Each study was conducted between 2011 and 2014 using qualitative methods. Participants in these communities used different terminology to describe symptoms of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, often separating hypertension during pregnancy from seizures during pregnancy. However, participants from each of these communities displayed a basic understanding of the dangers of these conditions, acknowledging that they can lead to death of the mother or newborn…read more

New Resource for Managing Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia Now Available

We are excited to announce the release of the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, a free resource available for clinicians anywhere in the world! This manual and accompanying resources were developed by the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy from Argentina and the Maternal Health Task Force. It is our hope that, when combined, these resources are invaluable for clinicians seeking ways to prepare for obstetric emergencies…read more

Using the Donor Toolkit to Treat Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia with Magnesium Sulfate

There are an estimated 50,000 deaths a year from eclampsia. In a recent presentation, “Promoting Improvements in Maternal Morality in Nigeria,” Judith Helzner of the MacArthur Foundation gives examples of how donors can leverage resources in their toolkit to address this problem. The Magpie Trial A multi-country trial study called “The Magpie Trial” found that … Continue reading “Using the Donor Toolkit to Treat Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia with Magnesium Sulfate”

Global Status Report on National Programs for Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia

Our colleagues at MCHIP recently completed the 2nd annual survey of national programs aimed at managing postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia (PE/E). The survey included countries from several regions and focused on USAID priority countries with the highest burdens of maternal morbidity. The purpose of this piece of work was to evaluate the progress of … Continue reading “Global Status Report on National Programs for Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia”