Postpartum hemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal mortality and severe morbidity in Africa and around the globe.
Maternal death from obstetrical hemorrhage in Sudan contributed to 28% of the reported maternal mortality cases in 2013. Home delivery contributes to 41% of maternal deaths; most of the women who die at the hospital are admitted as an emergency after attempted home deliveries and the majority die within the first 24 hours of admission (Reference: MDR 2013 final report, Sudan).
Home delivery in underserved rural areas, insufficient health resources, lack of early medical intervention and lack of adequate training are the main factors leading to maternal mortality and morbidity due to postpartum hemorrhage in Sudan.
The Postpartum Hemorrhage Project (PPH) objectives are to:
- Conduct workshops and symposia for physicians, midwives and other medical professionals interested in women’s reproductive health and welfare.
- Establish and maintaining an advanced midwifery-training program.
- Recruit new nurses and health professionals from underserved rural areas to enroll in a midwifery training program with a target of to recruit 200 new midwives annually, to provide services in underserved rural areas in Gezira State, Sudan.
- Provide the Helping-Mothers Survive (BAB) module for training in general management of labor with special attention to the management of the 3rd stage of labor and prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) for 500 established midwives annually in underserved rural areas in Gezira State, Sudan.
- Deliver consumables and supplies to midwives in Gezira State, Sudan. The target is to provide 500 delivery kits to 500 specially trained midwives.
- Deliver surgical instruments and supplies to rural hospitals in Gezira State, Sudan.