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Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

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Moderator: France Donnay, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A risk prediction model for the assessment of women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in low-resource settings: The miniPIERS (Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of Risk) Study
Beth Payne, University of British Columbia
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This session focused on pre-eclampsia and eclampsia and the barriers surrounding this issue. Payne began the session by describing the a study using miniPIERS risk prediction model to identify women in low and middle income countries who are more likely to have high risk pregnancies. This study will be used in the future to help communities better address warning signs, as well as it will be integrated into mHealth programs.

WHO recommendations for prevention and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia: Perspectives of obstetricians practicing in Nigeria
Olufemi Oladapo, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Unit, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University

Oladapo described how OBs have viewed the new WHO recommendations on the treatment and prevention of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. He found through targeted questionnaires that barriers were felt by the OBs in terms of the cost of intervention, the ability of patients, and resource strains on the system. He suggested by targeting the barriers, the OBs would better be able to follow and assuage their worries of the WHO recommendations.

MOHP addresses eclampsia, now the leading cause of maternal deaths in Nepal
Silu Aryal, DoHS, Family Health Division
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Aryal gave a presentation on the work that Nepal is doing in regards to pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in regards to prevention, detection/screening, and management. The work they have done since 2006 has shown marked improvements given their assessments in 2011. She noted that work continues in Nepal, including a calcium distribution program with Jhpiego.