It is normal for a woman to have bleeding after the birth of her baby. However, when a woman has excessive bleeding after childbirth, this is known as postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). PPH is an obstetric emergency for which immediate interventions are needed to stop bleeding and save the mother. PPH is the leading cause of maternal mortality in low-income countries.
We are deeply saddened to receive news of the death of Winnie Naisianoi Shena-Mureithi, CEO of the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society (KOGS).
Winnie was a wonderful and passionate leader, dedicated to serving women and supporting life through her work as a midwife and with KOGS. She successfully led teams in Kenya in their implementation of FIGO’s Advocating Safe Abortion Project (ASAP) and as Deputy Country Coordinator for the Post-partum Intrauterine Device (PPIUD) initiative.
Vancouver, BC, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) - representing 125 national societies of obstetricians and gynecologists worldwide - announced today at the XXI World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics new opportunities in lowresource countries to reduce global maternal mortality.
A new collaborative effort to improve PPH control is being initiated by FIGO.
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the single leading cause of maternal mortality in most countries, and its severe effects are often compounded by maternal anemia. The huge global health impact on maternal health by PPH will very likely be changed in coming years, through joint new efforts.
The POPPHI Project is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) broader Special Initiative to reduce postpartum haemorrhage, the single most important cause of maternal deaths worldwide, through expanded use of Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour (AMTSL). AMTSL is an intervention that reduces the incidence of postpartum haemorrhage by up to 60 percent.