Saving Mothers' Lives in Rural Tanzania

by VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
Oct 26, 2007

Tanzania registers life-saving drug for postpartum hemorrhage

The Tanzanian Food and Drug Authority officially announced September 27, 2007 it has approved the registration of misoprostol for controlling postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), the life-threatening bleeding after childbirth attributed to the loss of approximately 5,250 mother's lives annually in Tanzania.

For over a year and a half, our non-profit organization Venture Strategies for Health and Development, working in collaboration with UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, has helped Tanzania obtain regulatory approval of misoprostol for controlling postpartum hemorrhage, the top cause of maternal death worldwide. The Tanzanian's registration of misoprostol for PPH is only the second in Africa after Nigeria who, with VSHD assistance, obtained the world's first regulatory approval of misoprostol for PPH in January of 2006.

Plans for misoprostol's country-wide marketing and dissemination are in progress. Integral to that strategy will be reaching the rural, poor women who stand to benefit the most by the drug's availability. The Tanzanian Government’s announcement is a positive step toward enabling traditional birth attendants to continue to provide a safer birthing environment with misoprostol for the rural women they serve.

Comments:
  • Paul mackenzie
    Paul mackenzie This is good news. Hopefully the benefits will greatly exceed the risks. I am sure you are aware of how dangerous this drug can be if given any time in pregnancy or labour, and how hard it is to control drug use in Tanzania.(I am an Ob/gyn who spent 2 years in Mbeya, Tanzania many years ago.)
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Location: Irvine, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.vsinnovations.org
VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
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Anaheim, CA United States

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