Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage in Refugee Populations

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Residents of camps like this one in the Kigoma district face extraordinary obstacles when accessing care, so Pathfinder brings the services to them.

Photo by Abdelhadi Eltahir

To break down these barriers, Pathfinder and the Tanzanian Red Cross Society have already trained 200 health care providers  in Pathfinder’s Clinical and Community Action to Prevent Postpartum Hemorrhage.

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, Pathfinder strengthened reproductive health care services and prevented postpartum hemorrhage among refugee and displaced persons camps in western Tanzania. Pathfinder worked to improve the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP), a coordinated set of priority activities implemented in the early days and weeks of humanitarian crises. As part of the MISP improvement, the project pioneered the use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment and supported the standard inclusion of postpartum hemorrhage model technologies in the MISP.

Project activities ended earlier in the year, but the project was extended to compensate for unavoidable delays in procurement of critical supplies and equipment for project facilities. The remaining supplies and equipment have been procured and distributed so that facilities will continue to provide needed services.

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