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Community health worker knowledge and management of pre-eclampsia in rural Karnataka State, India

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Umesh Ramadurg, Marianne Vidler, Umesh Charanthimath, Geetanjali Katageri, Mrutyunjaya Bellad, Ashalata Mallapur, Shivaprasad Goudar, Shashidhar Bannale, Chandrashekhar Karadiguddi, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Peter von Dadelszen, Richard Derman

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113
Number of pages1
JournalPost reproductive health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2016


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In India, the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and postpartum haemorrhage are responsible for nearly 40 % of all maternal deaths. Most of these deaths occur in primary health settings which frequently lack essential equipment and medication, are understaffed, and have limited or no access to specialist care. Community health care workers are regarded as essential providers of basic maternity care; and the quality of care they provide is dependent on the level of knowledge and skills they possess. However, there is limited research regarding their ability to manage pregnancy complications. This study aims to describe the current state of knowledge regarding pre-eclampsia and eclampsia among community health care workers (auxiliary nurse midwives, accredited social health activists, staff nurses) in northern Karnataka, India. Furthermore, this study describes the treatment approaches used by various cadres of community health workers for these conditions. The findings of this study can help plan focussed training sessions to build upon their strengths and to address the identified gaps.

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