URC supports World Preeclampsia Day

URC joins with organizations around the world to endorse World Preeclampsia Day on May 22, 2017, adding our name to a proclamation of support for this worldwide initiative to raise awareness of preeclampsia and its global impact on the lives of mothers, babies and families.

Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death, resulting in 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths every year. These deaths are preventable: with early detection and proper management, preeclampsia can be treated.

The USAID ASSIST Project has been using improvement methods to support facilities to reduce preventable deaths from preeclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E). In the Jinja District of Uganda, ASSIST has been working in a “slice” of the health care system since July 2015 to improve the quality of primary antenatal care (ANC) services. To learn more, read, "Improving detection and management of preeclampsia: A collaborative learning approach."

A group of quality improvement specialists and midwives learn to use a test for protein in urine to accurately diagnose preeclampsia. Jinja, Uganda
Quality improvement teams in Jinja, Uganda learn how to test for protein in urine, one of the cardinal signs of preeclampsia, during a learning session
Date 
May 22, 2017
Authors 
Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
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