Join Francine Coeytaux of the Public Health Institute and colleagues from Nigeria for a presentation of approaches used to scale up use of magnesium sulfate to treat pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.

Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia is a serious condition that complicates 5%–10% of pregnancies globally and, together with other hypertensive diseases of pregnancy, is responsible for approximately 14% of maternal deaths every year. Although there is little understanding of what causes pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, treatment with magnesium sulfate has been shown to significantly lower the risk of mortality (by 45%). Despite its known efficacy, this inexpensive drug is often underused, partly because the diffusion of an innovation takes time, but also because it requires a strong and effective referral system, often a challenge in under-resourced health systems.

This Web Forum will present an overview of the approaches used to introduce and scale up magnesium sulfate in Nigeria. The discussion—including both successes and challenges—will highlight the lessons learned from these innovative programs that might inform policy makers and program managers in other countries committed to reducing postpartum hemorrhage and meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals.

To hear and see the event in French, go to Video - Innovations pour la réduction de la mortalité maternelle : Utilisation du sulfate de magnésium dans le traitement de la prééclampsie et de l’éclampsie au Nigeria.


Dr Salisu Mohammed Ishaku, MBBS, MPH

Program Director, Reproductive Health

Population Council

Abuja, Nigeria

Dr Salisu Ishaku is the Director of Population Council’s reproductive health program in Nigeria. He provides leadership in design, implementation, and evaluation of the RH programs and works with Nigerian government and Ministry of Health to translate Council’s research into policy decisions. He has participated in numerous panels and presentations…

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Sada Danmusa, MD, MPH

Senior Program Advisor and Project Director, Technical Supports Unit Project

The Palladium


Dr Sada Danmusa has been implementing and evaluating large scale maternal and reproductive health programs for two decades. His expertise is in strategy management, integrated delivery and health system strengthening and has supported public health programs at all the three levels of health care delivery in Nigeria. Dr Sada currently…

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Gloria Adoyi

Program Coordinator

Population Council

Abuja, Nigeria

Ms Gloria Adoyi currently coordinates program activities for the ongoing MacArthur-funded work in Katsina state and the USAID-supported Ending Eclampsia project in six other USAID focal states in Nigeria. Her responsibilities include field coordination and collaboration with government officials, implementing partners and regulatory bodies. She also coordinates engagements with pre-service…

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Clinical Advisor, Health System Unit

Ipas Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria

Dr SK Ahmadu is an obstetrician/gynecologist with over 25 years’ experience in health care service delivery. She is the Clinical Advisor & head of the Health System Access unit of Ipas Nigeria. Her experience includes clinical work in various aspects of reproductive health, program and team management, as well as…

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Francine Coeytaux, MPH

Principal Investigator

Public Health Institute

United States

Francine Coeytaux has over three decades of experience in the development and evaluation of family planning and comprehensive reproductive health programs. Throughout her career she has worked to empower women to manage their reproductive health and rights and has pioneered the use of acceptability research to give voice to women…

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