The Population Council developed High Impact Practice (HIP) briefs for three strategies that show promise for improving prevention, detection, and management of Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (HDPs). This brief focuses on one of those strategies: task sharing, which is the expansion of the levels of health providers who can appropriately deliver health services. Key points presented in this brief are: optimizing available human resources through task sharing can be an effective strategy to increase access to health services; task sharing key services for the prevention, detection, and management of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy can help prevent maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. The benefits of task sharing, specific to HDPs, exist at different levels of the health system. Task sharing prevention, detection, and management with different health cadres has the potential to prevent HDP progression, and reduce associated mortality.
Kirk, Karen. 2020. "High Impact Practices—Task sharing for hypertensive disorders in pregnancy: Improving early detection and management of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy," Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.