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A Low-Cost, Life-Saving Intervention

In India, Pathfinder International trains health providers on the use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, a low-cost and innovative device used to treat postpartum hemorrhage and save mothers' lives.

Last year, the WHO, in its latest recommendation on managing postpartum hemorrhage, endorsed the use of non-pneumatic anti-shock garments (NASGs) ‘as a temporising measure till appropriate care is available’ and suggested that national guidelines be reviewed to include NASGs as a low-tech first aid for postpartum hemorrhage.

First Report Highlighting NASG Use Outside of Clinical Trials Published by Pathfinder International and the University of California San Francisco

NASG Demo
Pathfinder International is thrilled to announce the publication of the paper "Comorbidities and Lack of Blood Transfusion May Negatively Affect Maternal Outcomes of Women with Obstetric Hemorrhage Treated with NASG" in the PLOS ONE Open Access journal.

From Surfing to Saving Women’s Lives

Innovations to improve global health can come from unexpected places, like the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which Pathfinder International uses in conjunction with our continuum of care approach to save mother's lives in places like Nigeria and India.

Nearly all maternal deaths occur in the developing world and, tragically, almost all are preventable. Many occur in areas with limited infrastructure: unreliable electricity, too few doctors and midwives, and inadequate equipment and supplies. Therefore, an easy-to-use, affordable technology to manage postpartum hemorrhage could save thousands of women’s lives each year.

Space-Age Technology Could Help Cut Maternal Deaths

The non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which was demonstrated at Women Deliver 2013 a few weeks ago, is developed from NASA technology and is playing a major part in stopping postpartum hemorrhage in the countries in which Pathfinder works.

"Working in parts of the world where distance is the difference between life and death demands solutions that can begin in the community or in the home," said Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International.

Technological Device Helps in War Against Maternal Mortality

As a part of Pathfinder's Continuum of Care model, the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment is helping save the lives of women suffering from postpartum hemorrhage.

"Having a medical problem during pregnancy can be stressful, even fatal under dire circumstances. However, knowing the solution and applying it at the right time can help save the lives of many. And that is what a new technological innovation known as non-pneumatic anti-shock garment has been modeled for: to save the lives of women who experience excessive bleeding after child birth."

Using NASA Technology to Treat Postpartum Bleeding

NASA technology in the form of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment is saving mother's lives worldwide by preventing and stopping postpartum hemorrhage.

“Working in parts of the world where distance is the difference between life and death demands solutions that can begin in the community or in the home, and keep women safe at every stage,” said Purnima Mane, president and CEO of Pathfinder International, a non-profit family planning and reproductive health organization.

NASG for Post-Childbirth Bleeding

Pathfinder International uses the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment as a part of a "Continuum of Care" in our work in Bangladesh and Nigeria to stop postpartum hemorrhage from resulting in maternal death.

The innovative Non-Pneumatic Anti-shock Garments (NASGs) was on display on the concluding day of the Women Deliver conference in the Malaysian capital. Research indicates wrapping the NASG from the ankle to the navel of a woman facing post-delivery bleeding and awaiting transfer to a hospital can save her.

New Innovations for Preventing and Treating Postpartum Hemorrhage Are Saving Women’s Lives

NASG Use in Nigeria
New research and analysis from Pathfinder International, the University of California San Francisco Safe Motherhood Program, and PATH shows that innovative, collaborative efforts to address postpartum hemorrhage are working.

MSD for Mothers Launches Initiative in India to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate

Pathfinder is pleased to be one of the organizations recently selected by MSD for Mothers to address maternal morbidity and mortality in India. The initiative, which was officially launched this week, targets some of the most at-risk states in India.

“We have made great strides towards Millennium Development Goal 5, but we know there’s more work to do to reach that target,” Mamta Sharma, chairperson, National Commission for Women said speaking at the India launch. “These new partnerships demonstrate innovative ways of working together to address this issue and bring India closer to our goal.”

National Commission for Women Chief Calls for Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

MSD for Mothers' new initiative to reduce maternal mortality launched in India this week. Pathfinder is one of three nonprofits chosen to lead project activities in three of the most at-risk states in the country.

Coordinated efforts by NGOs and the private sector are necessary to take various government schemes to grass roots level and to reduce the maternal mortality rate, National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma said on Tuesday.

Pathfinder Announces New Maternal Health Awards from Merck for Mothers

Merck for Mothers
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce three new grants to support maternal health projects in India, Nigeria, and Peru.

WHO and FIGO Endorse Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment to Address Postpartum Hemorrhage

Woman in non-pneumatic anti-shock garment in Nigeria
Both the World Health Organization and FIGO have given early endorsement to the NASG before trials are complete, including it in their 2012 guidelines to address prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage.

In Defense of Misoprostol – Protecting Women’s Rights to Lifesaving Maternal Health Care

This month a study was published that questions the WHO’s decision to list misoprostol for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage. Leading experts at Pathfinder International have carefully reviewed this new study and find its methodology flawed.

Misoprostol Added to the WHO Essential Medicines List for Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Pathfinder International is pleased to share that the World Health Organization (WHO) has added misoprostol to its Essential Medicines List for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage.

The Main Causes of Maternal Death in Nigeria Can Be Avoided

Northern Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth, but most of the cases of unsafe delivery can be avoided.

Hauwa Mansour Waziri, the nurse who heads the hospital's pre-natal clinic, says that between 350 and 450 pregnant women, some as young as 15, now take advantage of these services each week. Some travel from neighbouring states to receive ultrasounds, counselling on "danger signs" in pregnancies, and information on nutrition. They are strongly urged to arrive at the hospital to deliver "while you can still walk". Those who wait until the last minute can endanger the life of their child.

National Seminar Highlights Achievements of Mayer Shasthya Project

Community leaders and government officials reflect on the successes of Pathfinder's Mayer Shasthya project.

LifeWrap Anti-Shock Suit Makes Childbirth Safer

Thanks to Pathfinder International, anti-shock garments are saving lives in Northern Nigeria.
"It reduces blood loss by 50 percent and has decreased maternal mortality and morbidity by 40-60 percent in studies in Egypt and Nigeria," says Suellen Miller, RN, Ph.D., director of the Safe Motherhood Program at the University of California at San Francisco, who helped develop the project with Pathfinder and has led trials of the LifeWrap. "Women are able to be stabilized and travel long distances in the garment to large hospitals where they can receive care."

Pathfinder International Contributes to Successful Maternal Mortality Intervention in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey 2010 shows a dramatic decline in maternal mortality from 320 per 100,000 live births in 2001 to 194 per 100,000 in 2010.

For The Price of Designer Jeans, A "Wetsuit" That Saves Lives

The Non-Inflatable Anti-Shock Garment that buys time in cases of Postpartum hemmorhage is making childbirth safer around the world.
Pathfinder International, a reproductive health NGO, is using the NASG in Nigeria and India. Dr. Farouk Jega, program manager in Pathfinder's Abuja, Nigeria office, says that the NASG helps address a critical problem in his country, where blood is often in short supply. "Clinicians can't always refrigerate blood banks because of spotty electricity, and many people don't want to donate blood because they fear being tested for HIV," says Dr. Jega.

Solar-Powered Blood Transfusion System

Pathfinder International developed a solar-powered blood transfusion system to aid cases of postpartum hemmorhage, making childbearing safer.
Blood transfusion is essential for preventing maternal death from postpartum hemorrhage but blood bank refrigeration is a problem in areas without reliable electricity. With funding from the Cloverleaf Foundation, Pathfinder International developed a solar-powered system to address this problem.
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