Join Francine Coeytaux from the Public Health Institute and colleagues from Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nigeria for a presentation of approaches used in these countries to scale up use of misoprostol at the community level to prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality in low-income countries, accounting for more than 30% of maternal deaths and it is arguably the most preventable. The risk of hemorrhage at birth is highest for women who deliver at home because they do not benefit from the support of skilled birth attendants and are less likely to receive care and medications that prevent postpartum hemorrhage. One promising approach to the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage where the incidence of maternal mortality due to postpartum hemorrhage is high, and many women still deliver at home, is to provide misoprostol—an inexpensive pill that, when taken immediately after delivery, can reduce the risk of postpartum hemorrhage by 24%–47%. The discussion will highlight the lessons learned from three innovative programs that might inform policy makers and program managers in other African countries committed to reducing postpartum hemorrhage and meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Senior Program Advisor and Project Director, Technical Supports Unit Project
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…
ANDI (African Network for Drugs and Diagnostic Innovation)
Dr Takele Geressu is a public health practitioner with over two decades of experience managing a variety of health programs at the subnational and national levels. He has held positions with the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, Irish Aid, Ipas, and African Network for Drugs and Diagnostic Innovation and has…
Associate Program Manager
One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign of Millennium Promise
Esther Azasi served as the lead evaluator of the MacArthur funded program in Ghana. She is now the Associate Program Manager for the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign of Millennium Promise. Her work has contributed to nationally embraced strategies for accelerating improved community health, as well as Reproductive,…
Women’s Health Consultant
Public Health Institute
Elisa Wells has more than 25 years of experience in evaluation, training, strategic program development, and program management of family planning, maternal mortality, and other reproductive health programs, first at PATH and more recently as an independent consultant. She specializes in introducing and evaluating emerging technologies and developing innovative programmatic…
Public Health Institute
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…