2015 CUGH Video Competition Winner - Innovations in Global Health
Saving Mothers: Preventing Maternal Mortality in Rural Africa
Dr. Gail Webber
Dr. Bwire Chirangi
Producer: Doug Knutson
The maternal mortality rate in much of rural Africa is very high. It is estimated that about 454 women per 100,000 die in childbirth in Tanzania (versus a rate of 12 per 100,000 in Canada). This is equivalent to about 1 woman dying per hour. Two of the largest causes of death are bleeding (about 25 - 35%) and infection (about 10%). Women who deliver outside of a health care institution are most at risk, as they do not have access to life-saving medications. In the Mara Region of Tanzania, over 60% of women deliver in the villages. This project tested both the acceptability to women and the feasibility of distributing oral medications to prevent bleeding and infection to women living in rural villages to take immediately after delivery.