Hemorrhage is the second leading cause of maternal death in the Americas, an unacceptable reality that we want to change by giving women access to the health services that they need, respecting their rights, strengthening health care workers’ skills and equipping them with simple and effective technologies, and working to dissolve geographic and cultural barriers.
Zero Maternal Deaths by Hemorrhage is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and its Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women’s, and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR) dedicated to prevent maternal deaths by postpartum hemorrhage.
The project mobilizes governments, civil society, and communities where obstetric hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal deaths, mainly in Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
The initiative aims to save mothers’ lives, which will also benefit their families and their countries’ development.
In order to achieve this, a few key things must happen: health services must be strengthened, barriers to access removed, staff trained to handle obstetric hemorrhage, and the availability of essential medicines and safe blood for transfusions ensured.
Zero Maternal Deaths by Hemorrhage also works toward empowering women so their rights and preferences are respected and they are encouraged to seek timely qualified medical care.
The project addresses the mother-baby dynamic starting from before conception. It promotes family planning, as well as measures to ensure that newborn babies have the best start in life, such as delayed umbilical cord clamping until three minutes after being born to improve iron levels and lowering the risk for anemia, and the promotion of breastfeeding.
Zero Maternal Deaths by Hemorrhage has been implemented since 2014 with the support of the Latin American Federation of Obstetric and Gynecology Societies (FLASOG).
[icon size=’small’ color=’#000000′ icon=’icon-attention-filled’ ]Every day in the Americas 16 women die due to pregnancy or labor complications
[icon size=’small’ color=’#000000′ icon=’icon-clock-8′]The majority of these deaths occur during the first 24 hours after delivery
Zero Maternal Deaths by Hemorrhage is carried out with the technical cooperation and resources of PAHO/WHO and its Latin American Center of Perinatology, Women and Reproductive Health (CLAP-WR), but counts on the support of different partners at the regional level and in the countries where the project is carried out.