Prevention and management of severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in Afghanistan

Journal Article
(Published October, 2013)
Kim, Y.M. (Author),
Ansari, N. (Author),
Kols, A. (Author),
Tappis, H. (Author),
Currie, S. (Author),
Zainullah, P. (Author)
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Analysis of the 2009–10 Afghanistan Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) Needs Assessment examine whether facilities providing EmONC in Afghanistan have capacity to manage severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia (PE/E) cases. The analysis showed that the drugs and supplies needed to treat severe PE/E are widely available at EmONC facilities in Afghanistan, but providers lack knowledge in some areas, especially concerning the use of magnesium sulfate and diazepam. Providers who have specialized training or work at larger facilities are better at managing cases of severe PE/E. These findings suggest a need to clarify service delivery guidelines, offer refresher training and reinforce best practices with supervision and reinforcement.

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Kim YM, Ansari N, Kols A, Tappis H, Currie S, Zainullah P, et al. Prevention and management of severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in Afghanistan. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013. 13(1):186.