The Ending Eclampsia project seeks to understand the potential of underutilized and promising interventions that increase access to services, particularly improving community referral systems. This brief reports on a study in Nigeria’s Cross River state that aimed to test the feasibility of women’s group leaders delivering health information for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E), referral, and other antenatal care (ANC) services to their peers, to increasing access to quality maternal and newborn health services. Women’s group findings suggest that community engagement is a critical model for information sharing and is an adaptable, acceptable model for increasing PE/E prevention and danger-sign recognition across Nigeria. Following the implementation of women’s group activities, knowledge of hypertension and pregnancy complications increased alongside awareness of the importance of ANC attendance at health facilities. While symptoms of eclampsia (convulsions) are understood, gaps persist in the recognition of signs of hypertension/PE/E, as well as in prevention strategies.
Ishaku, Salisu Mohammed. 2018. "Engaging community women’s groups for improved uptake of antenatal care services in Cross River State, Nigeria: An analysis of post-intervention findings," Ending Eclampsia Research Brief. Abuja: Population Council.