Prevent Nigerian Mothers from Dying in Childbirth

by VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations


An affordable generic drug stops postpartum hemorrhage. Thousands of women's lives can be saved by making it available to traditional midwives through market distribution in developing countries.

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Each year, more than 340,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths are in developing countries and hemorrhage is the most common cause worldwide. Bleeding can be controlled in a clinic, but our projects are the first to show traditional midwives can save a woman’s life in her home, where most births take place. This is also where most maternal deaths occur in the developing world--well beyond the reach of hospitals and government health services.


We support demonstration studies with traditional midwives; co-sponsor government policy meetings; train doctors and midwives to use misoprostol; and develop market distribution for the drug to be available in pharmacies & clinics nationwide

Long-Term Impact

The project is uniquely scalable and sustainable. With this drug, traditional midwives get their first effective technology to reduce maternal deaths. Low-cost distribution will ensure widespread access.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


UNICEF report, Failure of imagination
Maternal mortality report
Millennium Development Goals: maternal mortality

Organization Information

VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations

Location: Irvine, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​
VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
Allison  Boiles
Project Leader:
Allison Boiles
Communications Specialist
Anaheim, California United States

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Thanks to 205 donors like you, a total of $33,427 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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