Management of post-partum hemorrhage in low-income countries

Gijs Walraven, Sikolia Wanyonyi, William Stones

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The provision of safe and effective delivery care for all women in poor countries remains elusive, resulting in a continuing burden of mortality in general and mortality from post-partum haemorrhage in particular. Deployment of a functional health system and effective linkage of the health system to communities are the necessary prerequisites for the provision of the life-saving technical interventions that will make a difference in individual cases. Sadly, two factors militate against progress: the mantra that 'we know what works' (resulting in some serious gaps in evidence for best practice in resource-poor settings) and a lack of large-scale investment in maternity services to counteract the degradation of infrastructure and depletion of human resources evident in many countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1023
Number of pages11
JournalBest Practice and Research in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • barriers to access to care
  • developing countries
  • health systems
  • post-partum haemorrhage


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