Implications of chronic diseases for reproductive health.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Hypertension in pregnancy (Prevention)
Hypertension in pregnancy (Demographic aspects)
Maternal health services (Quality management)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: Event Code: 353 Product quality
Accession Number: 236247759
Full Text: This article discusses emerging information about chronic disease burden in terms of likely challenges and opportunities for reproductive health, with a focus on cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and the risk factor of obesity, all of which have clear relationships with reproductive health. 60% of global deaths in 2005 were due to chronic diseases and as the overall burden of infectious diseases decreases, the burden of chronic diseases increases proportionally. Reproductive health services can provide an important entry point for reaching a large population of women for whom chronic disease is an established or emerging concern. For example, services for pregnant women may present opportunities for secondary prevention of chronic diseases and reproductive health services for adolescents may provide opportunities for behaviour change interventions. Women with a chronic disease may also have different needs for safe pregnancy, childbirth and other reproductive health services. The article uses the specific examples of hypertension in pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and family planning to discuss screening, prevention opportunities, treatment, management and access to services. A way forward is presented for policymakers and programme managers working in reproductive health to address the growing burden of chronic disease. (1)


(1.) Kidwell Drake J, for PATH. The growing chronic disease burden: implications for reproductive health. Outlook 2009;26(1).
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