Globally more than 800 women die every day from preventable complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and 99 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries. Every day approximately 7,200 babies are stillborn. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E) contribute significantly to these mortalities. Eclampsia is the second most common direct cause of maternal death in Bangladesh followed by post-partum hemorrhage. Through the Ending Eclampsia project, the Population Council is seeking to expand access to proven, underutilized interventions and commodities for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of PE/E. In resource-poor countries, particularly Bangladesh, magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) for management of severe PE/E, anti-hypertensives to manage high blood pressure during pregnancy, aspirin prophylaxis for pregnant women at high risk of developing PE/E, task shifting to lower level cadres, and community involvement have not been optimally examined. There has been no systematic review of research and programming on PE/E prevention, early detection, and treatment in Bangladesh. The Council conducted a landscape analysis on PE/E in Bangladesh in August and September 2015, and this report provides major findings.
Warren, Charlotte E., Sharif M.I. Hossain, Rahat Ara Nur, Kanij Sultana, Karen Kirk, and Amy Dempsey. 2015. "Landscape analysis on pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in Bangladesh," Ending Eclampsia Landscape Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.