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Feasibility and Acceptability of Community Health Extension Workers to Identify and Treat Hypertension Associated with Pregnancy: Implementation Research Report

Ending Eclampsia, March 2019 

Community health extension workers at primary health care facilities can correctly measure blood pressure, detect abnormal blood pressure, and treat accordingly for severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, and refer to a higher facility for further management. Although challenges remain in ensuring sufficient commodities and supplies are continuously available, this study demonstrates how ministries of Health might use these missed opportunities to detect pre-eclampsia (and potentially other conditions) and prevent deterioration by providing anti-hypertensives and magnesium sulphate to stabilize and refer women.

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