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A Global Preeclampsia Symposium at Women Deliver 2013

This article appeared in the May 2013 edition of PRE-EMPT NEWS.

On May 27, 2013, PRE-EMPT in collaboration with MCHIP, organized “Preeclampsia 2013: Global Symposium” as a satellite event to the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

We would like to thank the Sabrina’s Foundation for their generous support in making this symposium possible. The symposium was designed for ministers of health, health managers and administrators, doctors, pharmacists, midwives, nurses, politicians and patient advocates committed to decreasing the global burden of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity related to pre-ecalampsia and eclampsia. Interactive panel and group activities included discussion of the WHO preeclampsia and eclampsia recommendations, implementation strategies, global commodity issues, quality indicators and current research initiatives.

In addition to these discussions, Marshall Ignibosa Ukpoma from Nigeria addressed the symposium to provide a family perspective on losing his wife and child to preeclampsia. His book “283 days after I do” is available on Kindle and an element of his advocacy and outreach efforts to raise awareness about preeclampsia.

The first panel focused on global approach, comprising of Peter von Dadelszen, Matthews Mathai, Jeffrey Smith and Hillary Bracken, included highlights on PRE-EMPT research, WHO Knowledge Translation, program implementations initiatives and preeclampsia and eclampsia quality indicators. Another qualitative focus was provided by Asif Raza Khowaja and Marianne Vidler on the decisionmaking dynamics and determinants of care seeking for preeclampsia community perspective in Pakistan and community perspectives of preeclampsia and eclampsia in low and middle income countries, respectively.

The second panel was focused on commodity supplies for preeclampsia: global challenges and solutions. Hans Vemer presented on the global initiatives for commodities for preeclampsia while Lily Dwerani presented on the issues related to MgSO4. In the latter half of the panel, Hans Vemer and Deborah Armbruster led a discussion on addressing some critical questions around the formulation and standardization of MgSO4.

In addition to two panel discussions, the symposium also had three problem solving stations focused on: 1) mild and severe preeclampsia: monitoring and expectant care led by MrutunjayaBellad and Peter von Dadelszen; 2) advocacy and leadership for a global approach, led by Tabassum Firoz; and 4) MgSO4 and antihypertensives: commodity management and appropriate use, led by Hans Vemer and Jeffrey Smith. The symposium had participants from over fifteen different organizations and 13 different countries. We thank all our partners and collaborators who helped bring preeclampsia into the discussion at this conference through this symposium.

PRE-EMPT at Women Deliver 2013: A recap

The Women Deliver conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between May 28-30, 2013. The conference included over 4500 participants from 139 countries and over 2200 organizations. Also, Jeffrey Smith, Deborah Armbruster, and Peter von Dadelszen and Sadaf Khan (PATH) led a session on the latest evidence on maternal health and where it is leading us. The session received an overwhelming response from the Women Deliver community. Many PRE-EMPT partners among several of our collaborators actively participated in presenting various sessions at the Women Deliver conference including Ana Langer, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Metin Gulmezoglu, Beverly Winikoff, France Donnay and Matthews Mathai.

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