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Preventing postpartum haemorrhage at homebirth

Harshadkumar Sanghvi, JHPIEGO

Women are not dying of PPH—because we know very well how to prevent PPH;Women are not dying of PPH—because we know very well how to treat PPH;Women are dying because we have not taken to scale simple prevention measures, we have not worked out how to take care to the most vulnerable and needy, and we have failed to empower our communities and most peripheral health workers to prevent and treat PPH. This paper will describe an innovative community program for preventing postpartum haemorrhage in women who experience childbirth at home. The program describes the experience in several countries of an approach for community education, birth preparedness and community based distribution of misoprostol for preventing PPH.

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Presented in Session 18: Community based approaches to improving child and maternal health