In the spring of 2006, traditional midwives from the rural Tigray region of Ethiopia were trained to administer misoprostol to women after delivery during home births. The off-patent drug is used for controlling postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death.
By September 2006, the study had been implemented in over 100 births. Early results show that traditional midwives are capable of safely and effectively providing this life-saving drug to their clients.
The Ethiopian doctor heading the study recently visited one of the villages where the drug was in use. As he arrived, he was surprised to be surrounded by women singing and dancing, a spontaneous welcome party. "We are so grateful to have this drug at home," they sang.
Venture Strategies is proud to be a part of this demonstration project with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.
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