WINSENGA UPDATE/BULLETIN 33.0 – PPH Medication Could Cut Maternal Deaths

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IN a country where deaths from pregnancy and childbirth have reducing insignificantly, the recent report of the introduction of a new medication for prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is seen as a moment of hope.

Health analysts touted it as a fresh move that targets reducing the number of maternal deaths currently standing at 13,000 per year. Despite progress in reducing under-five child mortality, Tanzania is ranked among the countries with the highest child and maternal mortality in the world, a new report for the ‘best place to be a mother’ shows.

According to the State of the World’s Mothers, by Save the Children, an Independent Children’s charity working in over 40 countries across the world, the situation of mothers and newborn babies dying from preventable diseases in the country is still terrifying.

According to the report, Tanzania is one of the 12 countries, which accounts for 77 per cent of the global health workforce shortage. Tanzania’s rapidly growing population, which is currently estimated at 2.9 per cent per annum, is cited by the report as one of the challenges facing the country, while its overall health workforce is shrinking fast.



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