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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2005 Jan;88(1):89-90.

Reducing postpartum hemorrhage in Africa.

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Department of Community Medicine, Lund University, Sweden. Jeffrey.Lazarus@smi.mas.lu.se

Abstract

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. This is being addressed by leading professional organizations, which point to the importance of a skilled attendant at birth. But they also emphasize that the active management of the third stage of labor is proven to reduce the incidence of PPH. In low-income settings, the prostaglandin misoprostol should be considered as it is low-cost, stable at room temperature and easy to administer.

PMID:
15617720
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2004.09.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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