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Improving preeclampsia and eclampsia care: Tested changes and guidance from East Central Uganda

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the leading causes of severe morbidity, disability and death among mothers and their babies. In Africa, about 10% of maternal deaths are associated with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy ; in Uganda, they were the third leading cause of maternal death in 2015/16. Preeclampsia, a condition that affects 5% of all pregnancies worldwide, and eclampsia stand out as the most challenging of the hypertensive disorders affecting pregnancy.

Improving management of anemia among pregnant women: Tested changes and guidance from East Central Uganda

Anemia in pregnancy is a global problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the incidence of anemia in pregnancy in 2011 at 38.2% globally, 46.3% in the African region, and 34% in Uganda (WHO 2015). In Uganda, the prevalence of anemia among pregnant women who attended antenatal care was estimated at 22.1% (Obai et al. 2016). Most cases of anemia in pregnant women are a result of insufficient iron levels to meet the increased requirements of pregnancy.

Improving care for syphilis and malaria among pregnant women: Tested changes and guidance from East Central Uganda

Syphilis in pregnancy has contributed to over 300,000 stillbirths and fetal and neonatal deaths worldwide, while putting an additional 215,000 neonates at risk of low birth weight, prematurity, and other syphilis related complications (WHO 2012).

A multi-faceted regional learning platform to support maternal, newborn and child health improvement efforts in the WHO South-East Asia Region

Sonali Vaid

Quality Improvement Consultant, WHO Collaborating Centre for Newborn Care at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

By: Dr. Sonali Vaid, Dr. Rajesh Mehta, Dr. Ashok Deorari, and Dr. K. Aparna Sharma


A mother sits with her child in Madhya Pradesh, India. Photo credit: Amit Reddy

USAID ASSIST Project Semi-Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY18

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners have completed 5.5 years of implementation of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project.

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