Introducing misoprostol for the management of postpartum hemorrhage in Zimbabwe: final report on operational research

  • P Zvandasara
  • T Chipato
  • E Mawere
  • K Rivelt
  • T McNally


Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH) is the most common cause of maternal mortality globally, leading to a woman's death every seven minutes. In Zimbabwe, there has been a 300% increase in the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) between 1994 and 2010 and the MMR was estimated at 960 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2012.2-3 Overall, 14% of all maternal deaths in Zimbabwe are due to PPH. Ensuring prompt access to high-quality prevention and treatment of PPH for all women who deliver is an essential strategy to combat PPH-related morbidity and mortality and to make progress toward reaching Millennium Development Goal 5, the reduction of maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015.


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