Lifesaving drug that can reduce maternal death by a third

Postpartum haemorrhage is the biggest cause of death during pregnancy and early motherhood.
Every year more than 100 thousand, women die from massive bleeding hours after giving birth.
Most of these preventable deaths occur soon after she had given birth and almost all (99%) occur in low-income and middle-income countries.
These deaths have a negative impact on the family structure, as the newly born child must survive without a mother and a husband without a wife or partner.
However, help is coming.
Researchers have found that tranexamic acid can cut deaths by a third in those given the drug within three hours of birth.
Prof Ian Roberts, one of the researchers, told the BBC’s James Gallagher: “We’ve got an important result.
“We found an inexpensive drug, given in a single shot, that reduces the risk of bleeding to death, and it should play a role in reducing maternal mortality around the world.”
The study was coordinated by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in a collaboration of 193 hospitals mostly in Africa and Asia.
In 2012, World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommended that tranexamic acid should be used for the treatment of post-partum haemorrhage when uterotonics fail to control the bleeding or when the bleeding is thought to be due to trauma.
However new evidence suggests that tranexamic acid was a safe option for the treatment of trauma-related bleeding.
The WHO said it would update its recommendations for treating postpartum haemorrhage treatment.


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