Pre-eclampsia, a complex and multi-system disorder specific to pregnancy, is a leading cause of preventable maternal and perinatal deaths in low-resource settings. Early detection and appropriate intervention with management of hypertension, prevention of eclampsia and timely delivery are effective at reducing mortality and morbidity. Outcomes can be greatly improved with the provision and uptake of good quality care. Cultural contexts of maternal care, social practices and expectations around pregnancy and childbirth profoundly shape understanding and prioritisation when it comes to seeking out care. Few studies have addressed health education specifically targeting pre-eclampsia in low resource settings. The existing literature has limited descriptions of contextual barriers to care or of the intervention development processes employed. More engaging, holistic approaches to pre-eclampsia education for women and families that recognise the challenges they face and that support a shared understanding of the disorder, are needed. We describe our experience of developing a Theory of Change (ToC) as part of the co-production of educational resources for pre-eclampsia in Haiti and Zimbabwe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0001352
JournalPLOS Global Public Health
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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