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Diabetes, Hypertension, Antenatal Care Among Bangladesh Women

Allyson P. Bear, Wendy L. Bennett, Joanne Katz, Kyu Han Lee, Atique Iqbal Chowdhury, Sanwarul Bari, Shams El Arifeen, Emily S. Gurley


June 17, 2024

Health care systems in low- and middle-income countries may not meet the needs of pregnant women where the burden of diabetes and hypertension is rapidly increasing. We asked recently pregnant women about ever having been screened for or diagnosed with hypertension or diabetes and their antenatal care (ANC)-seeking experiences in a cross-sectional survey. The frequency and quality of ANC was below the national guidelines among all groups. Focused efforts to ensure that women receive the recommended number of ANC contacts, coupled with improved compliance with ANC guidelines, would improve awareness of hypertension and diabetes among women in Bangladesh.