Project #1170

Saving Mothers' Lives in Rural Kenya

by VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
$576 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
A low-cost, off-patent drug stops postpartum hemorrhage. Thousands of women's lives can be saved by making it available to traditional midwives through local businesses in developing countries.


Each year, over twice as many women die in childbirth as people who died in the 2004 tsunami. 99% of these deaths are in developing countries and hemorrhage is the most common cause worldwide. Bleeding can be controlled in a clinic but we have shown that traditional midwives can use inexpensive misoprostol tablets to save lives in a woman’s home: where most births take place and most maternal deaths occur in the developing world--well beyond reach of hospitals and government health services.


In 2004, we co-sponsored a successful policy meeting with the Kenyan government, at their request. Now we are preparing to work with manufacturers and to help with the regulatory process to make misoprostol available to save women’s lived.

Long-Term Impact

The project is uniquely scalable. Kenya been unable to lower maternal death to meet the U.N.'s 2015 goal of 75% reduction. With this drug, traditional midwives get their first effective technology and see the first major reduction in mortality.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations

Location: Irvine, California - USA
VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
Project Leader:
Martha Campbell
President and founder
Berkeley, CA United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 3 donors like you, a total of $576 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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