Request for guidance on establishing an antenatal unit in a low resource setting (2)

12 August, 2020

I am responding to this because I have the first hand experience of managing an anti-natal clinic in low resource settings-

1. You need a main clinic room and a separate clinical exam room or a screen in your clinic where you have a table for the clinical examination of the patient. Foot-stool to assist the patient in getting up & down from the exam table

2. You need a weighing scale,

3. You need stethoscope, blood pressure monitoring equipment. Portable ultrasound or other fetal heart monitoring equipment

4. Good lighting arrangement, a generator or solar battery charged lighting equipment

5. Basic labs or rapid testing for hemoglobin, Blood group, blood sugar, urine albumin

This list doesn’t include equipment needed for a labor room. Which is generally needed, along with the regular anti natal clinic.



Dr. Shabina Hussain, MBBS, DPH, MPH

Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043


HIFA profile: Shabina Hussain is an independent global health consultant and is based in the USA. Professional interests: Maternal & Child Health, Family Planning, Reproductive & Sexual Health, women's rights, survival of girl child, poverty eradication, Prevention of Infectious diseases. hussain.shabina AT