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Created on : 4/10/2004
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Author(s) :

Potts M, Campbell M.

Bibliographical entry (without author) :

Three meetings and fewer funerals - misoprostol in postpartum haemorrhage. Comment.
The Lancet 2004;364(9440).

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Abstract (English):

These traditional birth attendants (figure) are involved in a study investigating use of misoprostol to treat postpartum haemorrhage--poignantly, one of their daughters died because of postpartum haemorrhage a couple of years ago. WHO estimates that there are 14 million obstetric haemorrhages a year, and postpartum haemorrhage is the single most common cause of maternal death worldwide.1 Over the past year, three important meetings have begun to confront this global problem.


African governments are painfully aware that it will be impossible to get anywhere near the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75% between 1990 and 2015 unless deaths from postpartum haemorrhage can be greatly reduced. Maternal deaths are highest where transport is most difficult, poverty most pervasive, and the status of women lowest. This is exactly where misoprostol can save the most lives. Had misoprostol been available a few years ago, the daughter of the midwife in the picture would probably still be alive and there would have been one less funeral in Africa.

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Argument (français) :

Le misoprostol pour enrayer les hemorragies du PP dans les pays pauvres.

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Keywords :

postpartum hemorrhage ; active management of labor ; duration of labour

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