In Bangladesh between 1,000 and 1,200 women die every year from pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E), contributing to 20 percent of maternal deaths. It is the country’s second leading direct cause of maternal mortality. In addition to the burden of maternal mortality, when a mother dies her baby is at increased risk of dying during the first year of life. To fully understand community perceptions of PE/E, the Population Council conducted a landscape analysis in 12 upazilas in four districts. This brief presents those research findings, and concludes that stronger awareness of the importance of early antenatal care and of seeking care at facilities when women experience complications during pregnancy, specifically symptoms of PE/E, will empower women and their families, and fewer deaths of women and babies will result from PE/E.
Sultana, Kanij and Amy Dempsey. 2017. "Knowledge of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in Bangladesh," Ending Eclampsia Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.