A number of resources are available from around the world to help inform and educate health practitioners, patients and families about pre-eclampsia and other hypertension-related conditions in pregnancy. We will continue to build a list of these resources over time.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization provides guidelines for maternal health in low-resourced settings:
- WHO recommendations for prevention and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
- WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience
Global Library of Women's Medicines (GLOWM)
A detailed presentation on pre-eclampsia and eclampsia by Dr Peter von Dadelszen
GLOWM has published The FIGO Textbook of Pregnancy Hypertension. The aim of the textbook is to offer globally-relevant and robust evidence-based guidance for monitoring, prevention and treatment of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The book was made possible with generous support from the Sabrina Foundation, and David and Paula Bloomer from GLOWM.
The USAID MCHIP (Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program)
Ending Eclampsia is a global coalition that seeks to expand access to proven, underutilized interventions and commodities for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, and seeks to strengthen global partnerships. To achieve these goals, Ending Eclampsia is comprised of researchers, programmers, midwives and clinicians, joining forces to reduce maternal mortality due to pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Through this network, members will generate and share best practices and strategies to screen, diagnose, and manage pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.
To be a part of the coalition sign up here
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), based in the United States of America, strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.
- ACOG's Task Force Report on Hypertension in Pregnancy: The Task Force Report on Hypertension in Pregnancy includes recommendations for managing and treating pre-eclampsia, chronic hypertension and superimposed pre-eclampsia, and later-life heart disease in women with a history of pre-eclampsia.
- See the committee opnion #514 on Emergent Therapy for Acute-Onset, Severe Hypertension With Pre-eclampsia or Eclampsia
- James N. Martin, Jr, MD, discusses pre-eclampsia in a YouTube video
The aims of the CRADLE project are to develop a device capable of accurately detecting abnormalities in vital signs (including blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR)) and to introduce this device to LMICs communities and hospitals. CRADLE also aims to prospectively evaluate the device’s ability to facilitate prompt referral and intervention, with the aim of reducing mortality and morbidity.They aim to improve global women’s health through innovative research.
Global Forum on Bioethics Research
The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 2016, to explore the “Ethics of research in pregnancy”. With experts in bioethics, obstetrics and gynaecology, epidemiology, public policy and clinical research from over 40 countries, the meeting used case study presentations and first-hand experiences as the basis for discussion, covering both communicable and non-communicable disease and research in public health emergencies, such as the recent Zika epidemic. With a focus on research in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) the meeting explored the reasons why pregnant women have been systematically excluded from research and how the ethical and legal issues can be navigated to promote and facilitate appropriate inclusion. You can read the report from the meeting here and watch videos of the presentation here.