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About Us

We are a global consortium of PPH champions working to improve PPH control in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), thereby saving more mothers’ lives.

Who We Are

This website has been developed by FIGO and ICM in partnership with the Division of Global Health Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard. Our growing global partnership works to systematize and standardize the treatment of PPH around the world. We welcome anyone and everyone to join as either individuals as organizations and contribute what they can to this mission.

We believe that far more data, case studies, and research is needed to rapidly improve the standardization and simplification of PPH care. We hope that “Save mothers, Stop PPH!” can become a widespread, inclusive and effective global movement in coming years.

Our Mission

This website is dedicated to informing country champions and partners how maternal deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) can be drastically reduced. Through the website you can also become a partner, either to get more information for improving PPH control in your country, or to contribute lessons learned to our resources section. Your contributions can strengthen the evidence in this crucial area of maternal and newborn survival.

The website has been developed by FIGO in partnership with the Division of Global Health Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard. Our growing global partnership works to systematize and standardize the treatment of PPH around the world. We welcome anyone and everyone to join as either individuals as organizations and contribute what they can to this mission.

We believe that far more data, case studies, and research is needed to rapidly improve the standardization and simplification of PPH care. We hope that “Save mothers, Stop PPH!” can become a widespread, inclusive and effective global movement in coming years.

History

FIGO, the International Federation of National Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and ICM, the International Confederation of Midwives, have been a driving force toward significant change in the fight against PPH. Bleeding is one of the five main causes of direct obstetric death – together with hypertensive disease, sepsis, obstructed labor and unsafe abortion. Increased uptake of facility birth in recent years has brought down maternal deaths from obstructed labor, which in turn increases the relative importance of PPH as a cause of maternal death. The anecdotal evidence of improved PPH control in a few LICs led to FIGO leadership establishing a working group on PPH program implementation.

This move came in parallel with increased interest in PPH by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This increased interest has provided grants for operational research and the development of tools for improved PPH Emergency Care, as well as on testing of new tools such as tranexamic acid (TXA).  The FIGO Working Group on improving PPH control.